IPS Dinkar Gupta, the former DGP (Director General of Police) of Punjab, has been appointed as the new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Dinkar is the 1987 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre. As per the official appointment, Gupta will be the chief of NIA till his retirement i.e. March 31, 2024.
While Swagat Das, 1987 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IPS, who was serving as the special director of the IB (Intelligence Bureau), has been appointed as the Special Secretary of Internal Security to the Ministry of Home Affairs till November 30, 2024.
IPS Dinkar Gupta was appointed as the DGP of Punjab Police during the tenure of Captain Amarinder Singh, but was removed from the post and appointed as the chairman of Punjab Police Housing Corporation after Charanjit Singh Channi became the new chief minister of Punjab. Giving charge to Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, Gupta went for a one month leave after Charanjit Channi became the CM. His removal from the post of Punjab Police was seen as a politics-influenced step by the then CM Charanjit Singh Channi.
Gupta’s wife Mrs. Vini Mahajan is an IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officer who is the secretary of the Jal Shakti Ministry. She was the chief secretary of Punjab during Captain Amarinder Singh’s governance. During IPS Gupta’s tenure in Punjab, he took concrete steps and strict actions against the pro-khalistani activities in the state. His technology-based detailed investigation led to bust more than 50 terror modules in Punjab. Even many prominent gangsters were arrested during his tenure. He is known for his exemplary work and strong administrative hold as well as decision making power.