New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) high-panel meet is scheduled to be happen on Friday to choose new Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief. Notably, the tenure of ED chairman Karnail Singh ends by the end of the day today.

GC Murmu, 1984 Gujarat Cadre IAS officer, and Sanjay Mishra, a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service Officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, are believed to be the frontrunners for the post of ED chief.

Earlier, there were speculations that Singh’s tenure may be extended but amid the ongoing development in the CBI fiasco, which saw the government sending the agency’s director Alok Verma and deputy director Rakesh Asthana on forced administrative leave, the chances of him continuing on the post seem bleak.

Karnail Singh was appointed as Director General of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in October 2016. The 1984 batch IPS officer of Union Territories cadre, was approved as ED chief. The post was vacant after the government had curtailed the tenure of Rajan S Katoch, the previous ED Director, in August 2015. Since then the additional charge of the post of Enforcement Director was assigned to Singh.

On August 19, 2015 Singh was given the additional charge of the post for three months. In November, his tenure was extended by another three months. Singh was given a six-month extension for the second time to hold additional charge of ED Chief in February 2016.