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C D Sahay to head RAW
Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | March 15, 2003 19:18 IST
C D Sahay, a Karnataka cadre IPS officer of the 1967 batch, will be the new chief of the Research and Analysis Wing -- India's external intelligence agency.
His senior in the agency, B S Bedi, is tipped to head a new Technical Intelligence Agency.
In fact, it was Bedi's new responsibility that paved the way for Sahay.
Though Bedi is due for retirement in seven months, he is likely to get a two-year tenure at TIA.
Bedi's military background and his expertise in technical intelligence made him an automatic choice to head the new agency.
TIA was born out of the recommendations of a special task force on intelligence gathering headed by Jammu and Kashmir Governor and former RAW chief, Girish Chandra Saxena.
The task force was set up in May, 2000 and was asked to examine some suggestions made by the Kargil Review Committee vis-a-vis the country's intelligence apparatus.
The Intelligence Bureau, RAW and the intelligence directorates of the armed forces have their own capabilities as far as technical intelligence is concerned.
The Kargil Review Committee had recommended that a special Technical Intelligence Agency be created on the lines of the US National Security Agency.
While the review committee had recommended the transfer of present technical intelligence capabilities of various agencies to this new agency, the task force headed by Saxena did not approve the idea.
The TIA has now been mandated to meet the technical intelligence requirements of all agencies. It would also be responsible for future acquisition of new capabilities.