The government has appointed Tapan Kumar Deka, a 1988 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IPS officer, as Director of Intelligence Bureau for a tenure of two years. At the same time, the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of the tenure of Samant Kumar Goel, who has been heading the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). His tenure has been extended till June 30, 2023.
Tapan Kumar Deka will succeed incumbent Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar, whose tenure ends on June 30. The ACC order read: "The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Tapan Kumar Deka, IPS (HP:88), Special Director, Intelligence Bureau as Director, Intelligence Bureau vice Shr Arvinda Kumar, IPS (AM:84), upon completion of his tenure on June 30, 2022, for a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by granting extension in service under the provisions of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958."
Deka has spent most of the career in the Intelligence Bureau. He was an Additional Director in Intelligence Bureau when he was promoted to the rank of Special Director in the Wing in June last year. He has handled crucial cases of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, especially targeted killings in the Valley.
In another significant development Samant Kumar Goel, Secretary Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) is an IPS officer of the 1984 batch. The order read: "The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension in service of Shri. Samant Kumar Goel, IPS (PB:84) as Secretary, Research & Analysis Wing for a period of one year beyond his present tenure, i.e. up to 30.06.2023 in relaxation of FR 56(d) Rule 16(1A) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958.