The Centre has decided to appoint senior IPS officer Dineshwar Sharma as the next Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief and is expected to name the next head of India’s external spy agency, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), over the next few days.
Sharma, a special director at the IB, is a 1979 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer who has spent most of his career in the IB and earned a reputation for himself as an analyst. He had volunteered to serve in Jammu & Kashmir in the 1990s and later headed the joint task force on intelligence constituted after the 1999 Kargil incursion.
The government hasn’t issued Sharma’s orders yet who will be first be appointed as Officer on Special Duty before he takes charge on December 31 for a two-year term.
Along with Sharma, the Centre had also considered his two colleagues, Ashok Prasad — who played a key role in building the multi-agency centre for seamless sharing of intelligence — and Divya Prakash Sinha who led counter-terror operations.
For R&AW, the Centre could choose between Rajinder Khanna and Arvind Saxena. Khanna has led the agency’s counter-terror operations while Saxena has extensively served in Pakistan and the United States.
If neither of them make the grade, sources said there was a remote possibility that the government looks outside the agency for the next chief.