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|Directorate of Revenue Intelligence|
|Logo of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Governing body||Government of India|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Agency executive||R.S. Sidhu, Director|
|Parent agency||Central Board of Excise and Customs|
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is an Indian intelligence agency.
The Directorate is run by officers from Central Excise& Customs. Even today, the organisation runs on skeleton staff when compared to other intelligence agencies such as IB or state Police organisations.However, its track record with reference to the results made in terms of value and sensitivity outshines any other law enforcing agency. Though its early days were committed to combating smuggling in of gold, it has now tuned itself to the changing nature of crimes in the field of narcotics and economic crimes.DRI has been successful in combating the menace of fake Indian Currency by making effective FICN(Fake Indian Currency Note) Seizures. In May 2012, DRI officials have seized 6.6 kg of Heroin worth Rs. 10 Crore, and arrested 4 people.
Function[edit | edit source]
DRI is the major intelligence agency which eradicates smuggling of Narcotics Drugs, Gold, Diamonds, Electronic Items, Foreign Currency, Indian Fake Currency, etc.
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence functions under the Central Board of Excise and Customs in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue. Headed by Director General (Chief Commissioner Rank) in New Delhi, it is presently divided into seven zones, each under the charge of an Additional Director General (Commissioner Rank), and further sub-divided into Regional Units, Sub-Regional Units and Intelligence Cells with a complement of Additional Directors, Joint Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Senior Intelligence Officers and Intelligence Officers.
In fiction[edit | edit source]
A TV serial on Sony Channel was aired on every Thursday, named 'Powder', a production of Yashraj pictures. it was based on DRI.