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RAW and IB get new bosses

New Delhi, Nov. 27: The Centre has appointed Alok Joshi and S. Asif Ibrahim as head of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) respectively.

Yashovardhan Azad was moved out of the IB and made secretary (security) in the cabinet secretariat.

Azad’s shift paved the way for Ibrahim to take over as the next IB director. He will replace Nehchal Sandhu.

Ibrahim’s appointment order was issued last night but was not announced till late today, sources said.

The other decisions of the appointments committee of cabinet were made in the evening.

Ibrahim, who has served in Kashmir and has exposure to cyber security, is the first Muslim to be made IB chief. His appointment is seen as a smart move by the UPA government.

The government is now creating space outside the IB for accommodating three officers senior to Ibrahim.

V. Rajagopal is likely to be the officer on special duty (OSD) in the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), a new post created for him. R.N. Gupta will probably be an OSD in the cabinet secretariat while S. Jayaraman is set to head the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, sources said.

“There have been precedents of OSDs in the home ministry and the cabinet secretariat but not in the JIC,” said a source.

Joshi, who has worked in Nepal and Belgium, will take over the reins of the agency on December 30 after Sanjeev K. Tripathi completes his tenure.

Azad, a 1976-batch IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh cadre, will fill in the vacancy of A.B. Mathur, who has retired.