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Tapan Deka is new IB chief, Samant Goel gets one-year extension as RAW chief

Deka has been tracking terrorists and religious radicalization for the past two decades. 

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Senior IPS officer Tapan Kumar Deka was on Friday appointed Intelligence Bureau chief, replacing Arvind Kumar whose extended tenure ends on June 30.

Deka, who has been handling the operations wing of the IB, takes over as the new chief for two years, according to an official order issued by the Personnel Ministry. He is a 1988 batch officer from the Himachal Pradesh cadre.

The tenure of Samant Goel, who has been heading the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), has been extended by one more year, the ministry said in another order.

Deka has been tracking terrorists and religious radicalization for the past two decades.  Essentially an expert on northeast affairs he was sent by Home Minister Amit Shah to Assam after the anti-CAA violence broke out in 2019. Deka has superseded four other seniors in the bureau.

Deka is credited as the man who broke the back of the Indian Mujahideen group and also the one who investigated the 26/11 attacks.

The Narendra Modi government also rewarded Secretary (R&AW) Samant Goel by giving him an unprecedented second extension after a two-year fixed tenure for building up operational capability and accountability of India’s external agency. An Af-Pak expert, Goel, a Punjab cadre officer, is a plain-speaking officer and brings total commitment to his job. He works closely with both Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Also, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Parameswaran Iyer was appointed the chief executive officer of NITI Aayog. He will be succeeding Amitabh Kant, whose tenure is scheduled to end on 30 June.