Govt appoints new RAW, IB chief

New Delhi, Jun 26: The government on Wednesday cleared the appointment of senior IPS officers Samant Kumar Goel and Arvind Kumar as directors of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) respectively.
Goel, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre, and Kumar, from the same batch but belonging to Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will succeed Anil Dhasmana and Rajiv Jain respectively. Both the incumbents were on a six-month extension after having completed their fixed two-year term on December 31, 2018.
Both Goel and Kumar have a strong intelligence background, with Goel first having served in RAW in 2001 and Kumar having been with IB since 1991.
Goel is currently the second senior most officer in RAW (additional secretary in Cabinet Secretariat). He is believed to have played a key role in planning the February 2019 surgical air strikes in Balakot, Pakistan to avenge the Pulwama attack in which a Jaish fidayeen attacked a CRPF convoy, killing 40 personnel.
Kumar during his long stint in IB has handled various desks including Kashmir and Left-Wing extremism, besides heading SIB in Delhi.
While Goel was to superannuate in May 2020, Kumar would have retired in September this year. Both will now have a fixed two-year term as RAW and IB chiefs respectively.