Dinkar Gupta is a 1987 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Punjab cadre, known for his intelligence-based counter-terrorist operations in Punjab. He is a former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab Government. On 23 June 2022, he was appointed as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an anti-terror investigation agency formed after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Dinkar Gupta was born on Thursday 12 March 1964.age 58 years; by 2022) in Chandigarh. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He has a master’s degree in Police Administration.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: brown
parents and siblings
Not much is known about his parents and siblings.
wife and children
Dinkar Gupta married Vini Mahajan in September 1989. Vini Mahajan is a 1987 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Punjab cadre. As of 2022, Vini is serving as the secretary of the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Reportedly, she is the first woman chief secretary of the state of Punjab. The couple has two children, a son named Aziz Gupta and a daughter named Namya Mahajan. Aziz Gupta is the founder of Rocket Learning, a non-profit organization.
Dinkar’s father-in-law Bibi Mahajan was an IAS officer of Punjab cadre.
Dinkar Gupta started his career as an IPS officer in 1987. He served as the Chief of Police (SSP) of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts for seven years i.e. from January 1992 to January 1999. He then served as a deputy inspector. The Generals of Police (DIG) of Jalandhar and Ludhiana remained in the range till 2004. Meanwhile, he also worked as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Counter-Intelligence, Punjab. While serving as the DIG of Counter-Intelligence, Dinkar was involved in the direct surveillance of the Punjab State Intelligence Wing, the State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), and the Organized Crime Control Unit (OCCU).
He had an eight-year stint with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on central deputation (from June 2004 to July 2012), during which he did several sensitive assignments. He also heads the Distinguished Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs which looks after the security of VVIPs. In 2012, Dinkar was appointed as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) for Law and Order and Security. He held the position till 2015. He also served as ADGP Traffic from 2013 to 2014 and ADGP Provisioning and Modernization from 2014 to 2015. Thereafter, he served as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of Administration and Community Police from 2015. 2017.
In February 2019, Gupta was appointed as the Director General of Punjab Police; He removed many IPS officers from Punjab to become DGP. Dinkar was chosen by Captain Amarinder Singh. Serving the state of Punjab during the peak of militancy, Dinkar led technology-based operations and busted over 50 terror modules in Punjab; Apparently, he was the first to highlight the danger posed by drones from across the border. Many prominent gangsters were eliminated during his tenure as Punjab Police Chief.
He served in this position for almost two years and seven months and was removed as Chief Minister of Punjab in 2021 by Charanjit Singh Channi, replacing Capt (Retd) Amarinder Singh. After being removed from the post of DGP, he was posted as chairman of Punjab Police Housing Corporation, a non-active designation. Thereafter, Gupta sought permission for central deputation. He was on the offer list for central deputation for almost a year and was then appointed as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 23 June 2022.
He is the first officer from Punjab to head the NIA. Dinkar replaces CRPF DG Kuldeep Singh, who took over as DG, NIA after former NIA chief YC Modi retired on 31 May 2021. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet order read that Dinkar will hold the post till March 31, 2024. date of his retirement, or till further orders, whichever is earlier. The appointment letter issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) read,
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for appointment of Shri Dinkar Gupta, IPS (PB: 87) to the post of Director General, National Investigation Agency in Level-17 and up to 31.03.2020. 2024 i.e. the date of his retirement or till further orders, whichever is earlier.”
Criticism of his statement on Kartarpur Corridor
Dinkar Gupta attracted controversy after he made derogatory remarks about the Kartarpur Corridor at an event organized by a national daily in February 2022. he said,
Kartarpur provides an ability that you send someone as an ordinary man in the morning and by evening he comes back as a really trained terrorist. You are there for six hours, you can be taken to the firing range, you can be taught to make IEDs.
The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party, which demanded Dinkar’s sacking, drew criticism for their remarks. Seeking clarification from Gupta during a media interaction, senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said,
If the clarification is not issued, the party will stall the proceedings of the budget session of the assembly on February 24.
His remarks also provoked the anger of the head priest of the Akal Takht. Giani Harpreet SinghWho said during the interaction with the media,
If worshiping at our religious places makes us terrorists, then we are ready to become one.
Later, Gupta clarified his remarks saying that his statement strictly pertains to India’s security and made no reference to any religion or community. he said,
I only rededicated the obvious potential for abuse by elements notorious for their enmity towards India and their (Pakistan’s) attempt to exploit every opportunity, even the most sacred, to disturb peace and communal harmony. Flagged off.
He further said that he was personally present at the place when the first pilgrim crossed the border at Dera Baba Nanak to have darshan of Sri Kartarpur Sahib in November 2019. They said,
I am delighted at the opening of the Shri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, which has fulfilled the decades-old aspirations of lakhs of devotees. I myself believe in Guru Nanak Dev Ji and his divine teachings. His daily ardas (a Sikh prayer) for ‘khule darshan-deedar’ of religious places living in post-Partition Pakistan was finally answered. It was even more gratifying that it coincided with the 550th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
In March 2020, it was speculated that Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta’s official residence was under quarantine and despite being in quarantine, he was moving freely in the state. Dinkar received public criticism for his act. However, later on, Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the then Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, issued a clarification. read his statement,
DGP Dinkar Gupta was never home-quarantined, so the question of his quarantine ending today does not arise. His daughter had returned from abroad on the morning of March 16. She did not have any symptoms, but remained in home quarantine strictly as per protocol. The period of 14 days ended yesterday morning and she remains asymptomatic. It is clarified that all home quarantine protocols were strictly followed during the quarantine period of Mr. Gupta’s daughter. ,
Awards and honors
- In June 1992, the President of India awarded him the Gallantry Police Medal for exceptional courage, conspicuous gallantry and devotion to his duty as an ASP during an encounter with terrorists in April 1992. He is one of the youngest police officers. Received Gallantry Medal.
- In June 1994, he was awarded the Police Medal of Gallantry by the President of India for the second time for his distinguished service as SSP Hoshiarpur.
- He has also received the Police Medal for his meritorious service with the Punjab Police.
- On 15 August 2010, Gupta was awarded the President’s Police Medal by the Prime Minister of India for his distinguished service.
Salary / Income
As the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Dinkar Gupta receives a salary of Rs. 2,25,000 per month (till 2022).
Facts / Trivia
- During Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Dinkar Gupta, along with his wife Vini Mahajan, had earned the nickname of being a ‘power couple’. While Vini served as the chief secretary of the state, Dinkar was appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab, the highest administrative and police post in the state.
- In 1996, Dinkar represented India at a symposium on International Terrorism, which was organized by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
- In 1999, Dinkar was awarded the British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship by the British Council at the London School of Economics, London.
- In 2000–2001, Dinkar was listed as Executive-in-Residence at the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA.
- In January 2001, the American University invited Gupta to design and teach a course for Government Under Siege: Understanding Terrorism and Terrorists to Graduation Students.
- Dinkar has also been a visiting professor at George Washington University, Washington DC, USA.