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Govt names deputy NSA

New Delhi, Aug. 5: The government has named a new deputy national security adviser and appointed a special secretary in the home ministry who could be the next CBI director, making two key selections in the security establishment this week.

Former IFS officer Arvind Gupta, director-general of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), was yesterday appointed deputy NSA.

Odisha-cadre IPS officer Prakash Mishra will be the special secretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, a post that had been lying vacant for nearly a year.

Gupta replaces former Intelligence Bureau director Nehchal Sandhu, who retired abruptly last week as deputy NSA, citing “personal reasons”.

A postgraduate in physics from Delhi University and a doctorate in international relations from JNU, Gupta had worked with the Kargil Review Committee, whose report later contributed to changes in India’s security architecture.

Mishra, whose name has been approved by the cabinet’s appointments committee, could go on to be the next CBI director after Ranjit Sinha retires in December this year, sources said.

Special secretaries in the Union home ministry are IPS officers and usually go on to head major central police organisations. Former special secretaries U.K. Bansal and Raman Srivastava had gone on to become directors-general of the BSF.