Updated: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 04:13 PM IST
The Centre on Friday appointed Tapan Kumar Deka, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, as the director Intelligence Bureau (IB). In a statement, the government said he will have a two-year tenure from the date of assumption of the charge of the post. Deka, who has been handling the operations wing of the IB, takes over as the new chief for a tenure of two years, according to an official order issued by the Personnel Ministry. He is a 1988 batch officer from the Himachal Pradesh cadre.
He takes over from Arvinda Kumar, who will demit his office on June 30 after getting a one-year extension last year.
The fate of AS Rajan, a 1987 batch IPS officer, Special Director in IB, whom Deka has superseded was not known yet. He has a service tenure till February next year.
Deka, considered to be an expert on the affairs of operations, especially in Kashmir as well as the Northeast, currently head the operations wing of the IB, which he has been serving for over two decades.
He has a vast experience about terrorists and Islamic radicalisation in the country and had led the operations against the terror group Indian Mujahideen, which created mayhem through a series of bombings and other subversive activities across India in the 2000s.
Deka, who hails from Assam, was personally sent by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to his home state to handle the volatile situation that arose following the large-scale violence that rocked Assam after the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019.
Off-late, he has been the go-to man for the government on the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir as he has vast experience in handling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the sensitive Union Territory.
Besides, the Centre also extended the tenure of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Samant Goel, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre, to June 30 next year. Goel, 62, was appointed as the chief of R&AW on June 26, 2019, replacing Anil Dhasmana.
Goel was given an extension for one year in 2021 and again now for another year. He is believed to have played a key role in planning the February 2019 surgical air strikes at Balakot in Pakistan that were carried out to avenge the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel.
Besides, Goel is considered an expert on the situation in Kashmir.
This comes a day after the Centre appointed former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) and senior IPS officer Dinkar Gupta as the new Director-General (DG) of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The 1987 batch IPS officer, Gupta, has been given the charge up to March 31, 2024 -- the date of his superannuation -- or till further orders whichever take place.
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for appointment of Dinkar Gupta, as Director-General National Investigation Agency in Level-17 of the Pay Matrix from the date of joining the post and up to March 31, 2024, i.e. date of his superannuation or till further orders whichever takes place," said the Union Home Ministry in an order.