Rajiv Mathur an officer of the Indian Police Service joined the Intelligence Bureau in 1978 and has several decades of experience in its various divisions with specialized experience in security related subjects.
He took over as Director, Intelligence Bureau in December 2008 for a two-year term. The November 2008 Mumbai terror attack was still fresh in the mind of the nation and earlier in the course of 2007-08 the country had witnessed multiple terror attacks. As such, one of the main priorities of the government was to control terror attacks.Successfully coordinated operations with the State DGPs in a bid to stem the tide of terrorist actions in the hinterland, a task which required considerable administrative acumen and exemplary team work. Was instrumental in revamping the Intelligence set up and raising the quality of Intelligence gathering and sharing.
As DIB, who is the senior most police officer of the country, had the unique opportunity of being privy to almost all aspects of governance and rendered advice on sensitive issues to the senior most echelons of the government. The job profile, involved providing regular briefings to the PM, HM, NSA and Cabinet Secretary.
He has considerable international experience – having served for over three years with the Ministry of External Affairs, as Counsellor, Embassy of India, Washington DC and as Chairman of the Asia Pacific World Regional Office, New Delhi, of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for two years. In Washington, maintained liaison with several US government agencies pertaining to security/militancy related issues including FBI, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Fire Arms (ATF), Justice Department etc.
Appointed as Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission in March 2012 and sworn as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in May 2014, retiring in August of the same year. Tenure at the Central Information Commission provided a practical insight into the functioning of the RTI regime, and what is expected from it as a Public Authority.
Rajiv Mathur is a receipient of the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.