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Directorate of Revenue Intelligence

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
Logo of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency India
Governing body Government of India
General nature
  • Civilian agency
Operational structure
Headquarters New Delhi, India
Agency executive Najib Shah, Director General
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 and Customs. The organisation runs on skeleton staff when compared to other intelligence agencies such as IB or state police organisations. 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 seized 6.6 kg of heroin worth Rs.100 million, and arrested four people.


DRI is the major intelligence agency which eradicates smuggling of drugs, gold, diamonds, electronics, foreign currency, counterfeit Indian currency, etc. The 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 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.


Director General (Chief Commissioner)

Addl. Director General (Commissioner)

Addl. Director (Addl. Commissioner)

Joint Director (Joint Commissioner)

Deputy Director (Deputy Commissioner)

Asstt. Director (Asstt. Commissioner)

Sr. Intelligence Officer (Superintendent of Customs & Central Excise / Appraising Officers of Customs)

Intelligence Officer (Inspector/Examiner/Preventive Officers of Customs & Central Excise)

Class III & Class IV Staff (Ministrial & Constables)

Officers of DRI are offices of Indian Customs & Central Excise Department on Deputation.

In fiction

Danny Denzongpa plays the Director of Revenue Intelligence Chief in the movie 16 December.

A TV serial on Sony Channel was aired on every Thursday, named Powder, a production of Yashraj pictures, was based on DRI.

See also

External links

  • DRI website
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