Sanjeev Tripathi

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Sanjeev Tripathi
Director of R&AW
In office
30 December 2010 – 29 December 2012
Preceded byK. C. Verma
Succeeded byAlok Joshi
Personal details
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party

Sanjeev Tripathi is member of the BJP and former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's foreign intelligence service. Tripathi is the son-in-law of Former RAW chief, G.S. Bajpai, and comes from a family of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. A keen sportsman, he topped the civil service exam in 1972, and joined the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Few years later, he switched to RAW, resigning from the IPS, and was absorbed in the Research & Analysis Service (RAS), which feeds the ranks of RAW. Mr. Tripathi is the first RAW chief from the RAS (RAW Allied Services) cadre in its more than four-decade history.[1]

Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi would play a significant role in tracking down Sikh separatists operating abroad and get them to India to participate in talks with the Indian government. He also served on several key desks, including the Pakistan desk, and also headed RAW’s most sensitive special operations division, as special secretary. Earlier, he helped arrive at a peace accord with insurgents in the northeastern states. He also served as commissioner at RAW’s Calcutta station, which looks at Bangladesh.[citation needed]

Mr. Tripathi, who has extensive experience in intelligence, has his task cut out. As the ARC chief he managed to ensure that the secretive Tibetan force, Special Frontier Force (SFF), gets pension and retirement benefits. The force has not had these benefits since its creation after the 1962 war with China.[citation needed]

Tripathi has been asked by the NSA, Shiv Shankar Menon, to prepare a comprehensive report on personnel policies by 15 January to ensure that the age-old turf wars between RAS and non-RAS cadre officers is laid to rest forever. RAW has also been suffering from a shortage of recruits; morale is at an all-time low. So Tripathi will have to quickly focus on finding a solution to these squabbles and also focus on India’s restive neighborhood. Ten years ago, a Group of Ministers, aided by a special task force on intelligence, had gone about trying to reform India’s intelligence community, which seems mired in controversies and lacking in infrastructure, resources and parliamentary oversight. Now, it is up to the two new chiefs to take forward their inheritance and leave behind a productive legacy.[2] Former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Sanjeev Tripathi joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha election.[3]

Preceded by
K. C. Verma
Director of R&AW
30 December 2010 – 29 December 2012
Succeeded by
Alok Joshi


  1. ^ DATTA, SAIKAT (24 January 2011). "On Rubber Soles". outlookindia. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
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  3. ^ "Former RAW chief Sanjeev Tripathi joins BJP". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2019.