IB Director Rajiv Jain could get extension

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New Delhi : In what could upset career prospects of several senior IPS officers in the fray for the top job at the Intelligence Bureau, the government has moved a proposal for granting yet another extension to IB Director Rajiv Jain, who got a six months extension in January just before his superannuation.

During the extended tenure of Jain, the Pulwama suicide hit occurred leading to the deaths of 40 CRPF jawans and forced the country to mount an aerial attack at Jaish facility inside Pakistan and also put the two countries to the brink of war.

In the same period, the Colombo suicide bombings occurred and the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) chief Zaharan Hashim was freely roaming in South India without any inkling to the IB.

Reports suggest that IB had knowledge of the suspicious activities of Tamil Nadu Tauheed Jamat as also a slew of so called mainstream Muslim organizations since 2016 for alleged involvement in radicalization activities, but Hashim’s movement could not be tracked. Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamat is believed to be a branch of TNTJ and NTJ was an offshoot of the former.

NTJ along with another radical group of Sri Lanka Jamathei Milathu Ibrahim have been identified by Colombo authorities for the serial suicide bombings last month that killed over 250 people including 11 Indians on Sunday Easter.

IB Director Rajiv Jain ’s predecessor Dineshwar Sharma had turned down a government proposal for one year extension in the interest of professionalism and in keeping with the career prospects of his subordinates.

Bypassing the officials in line for promotion can potentially lead to resentment amongst the officials which can have a bearing on the overall professionalism of the covert agency, sources added.

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