New Delhi : Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu quit on Thursday as part of an NDA’s purge of UPA appointees in the country’s topmost security apparatus.

He sent in his resignation on Wednesday and acceptance of his resignation by the Prime Minister came on Thursday evening in an official press note.

Sandhu was also the secretary of the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) that functions within the PMO.

Announcing that Nehchal Sandhu has resigned from his positions with effect from July 31 for personal reasons, the press note said, “The PM accepted his resignation with regret and expressed appreciation for his outstanding services to the country in a career spending over 40 years as a police officer, director of Intelligence Bureau and Deputy NSA.”

Two other UPA-appointees who retired from the NSCS on Thursday including Ajit Lal, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Council (JIC) and Lt General (retired) Prakash Menon, military adviser to the NSA.

Sandhu, the IB chief between 2010 and 2012, was appointed Deputy NSA in March 2013 for a fixed three year term.

Though he was a UPA-appointee, it was widely assumed Sandhu would serve out his term owing to his proximity to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

There are no indications who will replace Sandhu, Lal and Menon in the NSCS. The names of former IFS officer Arvind Gupta and former Deputy CIDS, Lt General Anil Chait, are doing the rounds for the posts of Deputy NSA and Military Adviser respectively.

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