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Dineshwar Sharma appointed IB chief

Dineshwar Sharma, a 1979 batch IPS officer from Kerala cadre, was made the new
Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief on Saturday.

Sharma was serving in the same organisation as Special Director and he will take charge from January 1, succeeding Syed Asif Ibrahim. He has been working with the agency (IB) for the past 23 years and now with his promotion he will have two-year tenure.

An official announcement said he will take over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) with immediate effect and will take charge as Director of Intelligence Bureau after the retirement of Ibrahim.

According to the Department of Personnel and Training, Sharma will take over as the head of the agency “for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”

He is known for maintaining a low profile but very efficient in handling crucial counter-surveillance of IB and was involved in several operations in recent years. He has served at various desks in IB since he was posted in the organisation in 1991 which includes Kashmir, Northeast besides stints in Lucknow.

Ibrahim, a 1977-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer, had taken charge as IB Director on January 1, 2013. His tenure is up to December 31. He was the first Muslim to hold the top post in Intelligence Bureau.
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