The government formally appointed senior IPS officer Dineshwar Sharma as the next chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB), a designation, which he will continue to hold for the next two years. Sharma’s name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sharma succeeds Syed Asif Ibrahim, whose term ends on October 31.
A 1979-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre, Sharma has also worked with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval during his earlier stint as IB chief. Doval also belonged to Kerala cadre. Sharma was the head of state Intelligence Bureau of Uttar Pradesh when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was the chief minister. He was currently handling establishment work and, till two years ago, headed the “X” branch, which looks after all the vital intelligence collection in the country, including the political desk.
“He has been IB’s ground worker for long is known for his non-flamboyant work style. He has ears to the ground and takes deep interest in the welfare of his officers and team,” said a senior IB official.
He added that Sharma enjoys the confidence of the present political leadership and was appointed to the post despite being the number two in the race. He beat Ashok Prasad who is senior to him in the hierarchy.
Originally from Bihar, Sharma has long been on deputation to the IB and has never served in his home state. He did his primary education from Pali village in Bihar and later went to Gaya for his graduation. Sharma first qualified for Indian Forest Service and later for IPS. Sharma is the third officer from Bihar after CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha and new SPG IG Vivek Srivastava to head a central agency.