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One year after Dinkar Gupta’s appointment, NIA gets regular chief MPNRC

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Former Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta was on Thursday appointed as the new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an anti-terror investigation agency formed after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. CRPF Director General Kuldeep Singh was given additional charge of NIA in May last year after the retirement of YC Modi.

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According to an official order issued by the Personnel Ministry, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the name of Gupta, a 1987 batch IPS officer from Punjab, for the top post of NIA. As per the order, Gupta will hold the post of NIA chief till March 31, 2024, i.e. the date of his retirement or until further orders, whichever comes earlier.

After holding a master’s degree in police administration, Gupta took over as Director General of Punjab Police in 2019 and held the position for two years and seven months. He was transferred as chairman of Punjab Police Housing Board as he sought permission for central deputation. He has also held the post of Director General of Police, Intelligence, Punjab, which includes direct oversight of Punjab State Intelligence Wing, State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU).

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An experienced and distinguished officer, Gupta had earlier served an eight-year stint on central deputation from June 2004 to July 2012, during which he held sensitive assignments as the head of the Intelligence Bureau unit, which looked after the security of VVIPs. Gupta was decorated with two Police Gallantry Medals in 1992 and 1994. He was also awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Services by the President and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (2010).

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In 1999, Gupta was awarded the British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship by the British Council at the London School of Economics, London. In another order, Swagat Das, a 1987 batch IPS officer and currently posted as Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed as Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, a post that fell vacant on June 14 last. VSK Kamudi has been appointed as Secretary (Security).

According to the order, Das, who is from the Chhattisgarh cadre, will continue to hold the post till the date of retirement on November 30, 2024 or any earlier order.

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