ED change of guard: Mishra in hot seat

IRS of­fi­cer San­jay Mishra ap­pointed as new chief of En­force­ment Direc­torate; to han­dle sev­eral big cases

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New Delhi: In­dian Rev­enue Ser­vices Of­fi­cer San­jay Ku­mar Mishra was ap­pointed the new chief of the En­force­ment Direc­torate on Sat­ur­day. Mishra suc­ceeded Kar­nal Singh, whose ten­ure at the agency ends on Sun­day.

The ap­point­ment of the 1984-batch In­dian Rev­enue Ser­vice of­fi­cer as ED chief has been made “for a pe­riod of three months, or till the ap­point­ment of a reg­u­lar in­cum­bent, which­ever is ear­lier”, said an or­der is­sued by the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi headed Ap­point­ments Com­mit­tee of the Cab­i­net.

In his new role, Mishra will start look­ing into many high-pro­file cases, in­clud­ing the probe into the VVIP he­li­copter scam, in­ves­ti­ga­tion against for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram and his son Karti, and the mon­ey­laun­der­ing charges against fugi­tives Ni­rav Modi and Vi­jay Mallya.

Mishra, posted as the chief com­mis­sioner of the In­come Tax depart­ment 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. He is ex­pected to be em­pan­elled soon and sub­se­quently will head the ED in a reg­u­lar ca­pac­ity, said of­fi­cials. The post of ED di­rec­tor is an ad­di­tional sec­re­tary rank post in the Union gov­ern­ment.

Mishra, has worked in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in I-T and has also served in the For­eign Tax di­vi­sion of the Cen­tral Board of Di­rect Taxes that deals with cases of In­di­ans hold­ing stash abroad.

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