The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate, which is in the news for its action in various cases of alleged money laundering, has seen remarkable growth over the past nearly four years since Sanjay Kumar Mishra took over. took over as director.

When Sanjay Mishra took over as ED director in 2018, the agency had five special directors and 18 co-directors. Many of them belonged to the Indian Police Service (IPS). Officers come to the ED from deputation from central governments and from states or union territories.

Sources said the agency now has nine special directors, three additional directors, 36 joint directors and 18 deputy directors. For the deputation to the ED, preference is now given to agents of income tax, general directorate of TPS intelligence and customs and excise services. ED has established offices in states such as Meghalaya, Karnataka, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim.

ED established its first office in Meghalaya in August last year. The new sub-zonal office is located in the state capital, Shillong, and will operate under Zonal Office-II located in Guwahati. The new sub-zonal office in Shillong is headed by a Deputy Director.

ED also opened its first office in Manipur in August last year. The new sub-zonal office, located in Imphal, also functions under the Zone-II office in Guwahati. Last year in September, ED established its new office in Mangaluru, Karnataka. The new one is headed by an officer of the rank of deputy director and has jurisdiction over 15 districts in the state.

ED established its fourth sub-zonal office in the northeast region of the country in October last year and the facility has been operational in Gangtok. A similar sub-zonal office has been established by the DE in Agartala.

The central agency is investigating high-profile cases in all states, including Maharashtra and West Bengal, as well as Delhi.

The profile of the pollster has grown over the past four years and it has also grown in terms of staff.

Mishra was appointed full-time Head of Enforcement Directorate in November 2018. Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer in 1984 from Income Tax framework, he had previously been appointed Senior Special Director of the multidisciplinary investigation agency.

The agency has taken an active role in carrying out its mandate, which includes enforcement of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA), Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 (FEMA ) and the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act 2018 (FEOA).

According to information provided by the government to Parliament, cases recorded by ED under FEMA and PMLA jumped almost three times in the first three years of the second term of the BJP-led government (2019-20 and 2021-22) compared to the same period in the first three years (2014-2015 to 2016-2017).

The number of FEMA cases taken for investigation has more than doubled in the first three years of the current term of the BJP-led government. time-limited way.

Cases of alleged money laundering and violation of foreign exchange laws, in which there are multiple defendants, often require complex investigations and multiple searches.

The agency has also seized property and carried out asset seizures in terrorist financing cases.

Mishra worked as Chief Commissioner of the Income Tax Department in Delhi prior to his appointment at ED. He succeeded Karnail Singh

In November last year, the central government extended Mishra’s tenure by one year, until November 18, 2022.

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