Arvind Kumar is new IB chief, Samant Goel to head R&AW

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New Delhi: Arvind Kumar is new IB chief, Samant Goel to head R&AW. Samant Kumar Goel & Shri Arvind Kumar, both IPS officers of 1984 batch.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their appointments for a fixed two-year tenure, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.

Kumar will take the reins of the internal intelligence agency from Rajiv Jain on completion of his tenure on June 30. Goel will take charge from Anil K Dhasmana on completion of his tenure Saturday.

Goel has handled militancy in Punjab effectively when it was at its peak in the 1990s. He has also served in Dubai and London. A senior officer in the home ministry said Goel was posted as in-charge consular in Dubai and also as in London.

Arvind Kumar, an officer from the Assam Meghalaya cadre, headed the agency in Bihar. Before that, he looked after its administration and inquiry branches.

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