Arvind Kumar new IB head, Samant Kumar Goel to lead external spy agency RAW

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said

Senior IPS officers and Kumar Goel were Wednesday appointed chiefs of (IB) and (RAW), respectively.

The of the Cabinet, headed by Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the said.

Kumar will take the reins of the internal intelligence agency from on completion of his tenure on June 30. Goel will take charge from on completion of his tenure Saturday.

Both Jain and Dhasmana, who were appointed for a two-year fixed tenure in 2016, were given six months extension in December last year.

Kumar, 59, a 1984 of Assam- cadre, is at present the special in the IB.

He has been working with the since August 1991 and has also served in the in Moscow,

Kumar, who is considered an expert on the and Naxal issues, is the second most in the IB after Jain.

He is a recipient of the Police Medal for

Goel will succeed Dhasmana at the India’s external spy agency,

Goel, a 1984 of cadre, is at present the in the

He is said to be instrumental in planning the Balakot air strike after the Pulwama terror attack in and surgical strikes in Uri.

On September 29, 2016, the had carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month.

Goel possesses rich experience in intelligence and operations.

He has also looked after the chief minister’s security during 2000 and 2001, besides holding other important posts both at his state cadre and at the Centre.

He is considered an expert on issues relating to the militancy and Pakistan, and has played an important role in checking militancy in Punjab during 1990s.

He has served most part of his service in Punjab.

Goel, a recipient of the Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Meritorious Service, joined the in March 2001.

His name had come in a CBI investigation while probing allegations and counter-allegations of corruption against each other by two of its former senior officers — the then CBI and special

The CBI had booked Asthana on allegations of receiving a bribe from an accused, Manoj Prasad, probed by him in a case linked to meat exporter

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, former DIG of the CBI, M K Sinha, had said during interrogation of Prasad, who was arrested in the bribery case allegedly involving Asthana, the names of Security Adviser (NSA) and Goel had cropped up.

“As per Manoj Prasad, Dineshwar Prasad, his father, retired as joint secretary, and has close acquaintance with Doval. This was one of the first things Prasad claimed on being brought to and expressed complete surprise and anger as to how CBI could pick him up despite his close links with Doval,” Sinha had said, adding that Prasad claimed.

First Published: Wed, June 26 2019. 17:15 IST

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