Senior IRS Officer, Sanjay Kumar Mishra Appointed As New Enforcement Directorate Chief

| October 27 , 2018 , 14:21 IST

The government of India, on Saturday, has appointed the senior officer of Indian Revenue Services, Sanjay Kumar Mishra, as the interim chief of Enforcement Directorate (ED) after its present chief, Karnal Singh retires on October 28.

Sanjay Mishra, who is a 1984-batch IRS officer will hold the permanent post of Principal Special Director and will hold additional charge of Director ED for three months or till a regular incumbent is found, whichever is earlier, as per an order issued by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet on Saturday.

Mishra who was appointed as the ED Director but has been only given interim charge of the post. This is amidst speculation that the government has not decided so far whether an IPS officer or an IRS officer should be appointed to the post.

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ED's present chief, IPS officer Karnal Singh retires on Sunday and has not been given an extension. On Friday, ED filed charges against former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.

According to some official sources, it was revealed that Mishra, was posted as chief commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi at present, has not been empanelled as an additional secretary in the central government and hence has been given the top ED charge in an additional capacity.

It is learnt that the ED director post is an additional secretary rank post in the Union government. The ED enforces two major laws in the country to check black money the criminal Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).