New Delhi: S.A. Ibrahim, an Indian Police Service officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre who has direct experience of anti-terror operations, was Monday appointed director of the Intelligence Bureau, becoming the first Muslim to hold the sensitive post.
The government also appointed Yashovardhan Azad, also an IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, as secretary (security) in the cabinet secretariat.
Ibrahim will take over from Nehchal Sandhu who retires Dec 31 this year and hold the post for two years from assumption of charge.
According to an official spokesperson, the government also approved appointment of Ibrahim, currently special director, IB, as officer on special duty in the IB from Dec 1.
"The competent authority has approved the appointment of S.A. Ibrahim, IPS, presently Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, as Officer on Special Duty in the Intelligence Bureau with effect from Dec 1, 2012, and as Director, Intelligence Bureau for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, vice Nehchal Sandhu, retiring on Dec 31, 2012," an official release said.