Dilemma over appointments of RAW, IB chiefs continues
New Delhi: Contrary of the normal practice, the Narendra Modi government has not yet announced the names of the respective directors of Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), even as the present incumbents are retiring on 31st December, 2016.
This has been first time since many years when suspense over the chiefs of India's intelligence agencies has continued till the end. The past governments used to announce the new incumbents at least three months prior to the retirement of the current incumbents.
Government, however, had already denied giving extensions to the present IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma and RAW head Rajinder Khanna. The dilemma over the new appointments continued as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not yet decided the heads of the department, though a list containing the eligible names is with him.
For the first time in 10 years, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has no full time chief. Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre officer has been given the additional charge after CBI chief Anil Sinha retired on December 2.
Meanwhile, the powerful contenders for the IB chief post are 1983 batch IPS from Bihar Cadre, SK Sinha followed by Rajiv Jain who is 1982 batch IPS officer. The name of Mumbai Police Commissioner Dattare Padsalgikar is also on the list of probable contenders for the post.
Citing the ongoing violent situations in Kashmir, IPS SK Sinha suits best for the post of IB chief as he has a good experience of handling the anti-terrorists operations in the valley.
Sources from the PMO said that Home Ministry has been asked to provide it with a list of other names eligible for the post. Prima-Facie the name of 1981 batch IPS Anil Kumar Dhasmana is on the top of the list for RAW chief.