Dineshwar Sharma
Sharma in January 2018
Administrator of Lakshadweep
In office
3 November 2019 – 4 December 2020[†]
Appointed byRam Nath Kovind
Preceded byMihir Vardhan
Succeeded byPraful Khoda Patel
Director of Intelligence Bureau
In office
1 January 2015 – 1 January 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySyed Asif Ibrahim
Succeeded byRajiv Jain
Personal details
Born(1954-03-23)23 March 1954[citation needed]
Bihar, India
Died4 December 2020(2020-12-04) (aged 66)
OccupationCivil Servant

Dineshwar Sharma (23 March 1954[citation needed] – 4 December 2020) was an Indian police officer.[1]

He was the chief of the Indian Intelligence Bureau (succeeded by Rajiv Jain),[2] that is the Director of Intelligence Bureau which is the highest-ranked post in the Indian Police Service (IPS).[3]

He also served as an interlocutor to the government of India for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.[4] He served as the 34th Administrator of Lakshadweep from 2019 until his death.[5]


Born in Bihar, he gained primary education in Pali, Bihar, and later graduated from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya.[citation needed] A third-generation policeman, Sharma first qualified for Indian Forest Service (IFS) and later for IPS.[6][7]


He worked continuously in the IB after 2008.[citation needed] He attended training on intelligence work and policing methods in East Germany, Poland, Israel and South Korea. He served in Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Rajasthan in various capacities in BSF, CRPF and IB. He also worked with National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval during his earlier stint as IB chief. He was fluent in Hindi, English, Maithili, Malayalam, Tamil, Arabic, and Urdu.[8]


  1. ^ "Who is Dineshwar Sharma?". Livemint. 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Dineshwar Sharma is new IB chief |The Indian Express". The Indian Express. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Indian Police Service (Uniform) Rules, 1954". Government of India, DOPT. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. ^ Singh, Vijaita (2017-10-23). "New Jammu & Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma is known as a dove". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  5. ^ "Former J&K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma appointed administrator of Lakshadweep". DNA India. 2019-10-26. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  6. ^ "Dineshwar Sharma new IB chief - The Hindu". The Hindu. thehindu.com. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  7. ^ Lakshwadeep Administrator and former DIB Dineshwar Sharma has passed away
  8. ^ "Who is Dineshwar Sharma? Meet the man given responsibility to initiate dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir as interlocutor". The Financial Express. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
Government offices Preceded bySyed Asif Ibrahim Director of the Intelligence Bureau 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016 Succeeded byRajiv Jain Political offices Preceded byMihir Vardhan Administrator of Lakshadweep 3 November 2019 – 4 December 2020 Succeeded byPraful Khoda Patel