New Delhi: Divya Prakash Sinha, an IPS
officer of 1978 batch, is likely to head the National Counter
Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
Sinha, who is at present an Additional Director in the
Intelligence Bureau, was among the front runners for the post,
given his experience in handling terrorism-related cases for
nearly a decade.
The order was expected to be out soon after seeking the
necessary approvals, the sources said.
The Centre had recently cleared the proposal for setting
Sinha, a 1979-batch IPS officer from Manipur candre,
will have a team of officers who will chalk out the core
charter of duties for the anti-terror body.
The Multi Agency Centre, where the intelligence from
various agencies and department is collated and circulated,
will merge with NCTC, a single window organisation that will
gather and disseminate intelligence to central and state
The new Director and its core team will build a "nucleus"
for the new anti-terror body. NCTC will be under Intelligence
Bureau and report to its Director, the Union Home Secretary
and the Home Minister.
NCTC functions will include drawing up of plans and
coordinating all actions particularly counter-terrorism and
integrating all intelligence pertaining to counter-terrorism.
It will coordinate with relevant probe and intelligence
agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of terror are brought
to justice besides maintaining a comprehensive data base of
terrorists, their associates and supporters.