New Delhi: Sanjay Kumar Mishra, a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, took charge as the Interim Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday. He replaced Karnal Singh, whose tenure at the agency will end on Sunday, October 28. GC Murmu, a 1984 Gujarat Cadre IAS officer, was also pipped as the frontrunner for the post.

The IRS Officer has been appointed as the Principal Special Director in the agency and has been entrusted with the additional charge of ED Director. He will hold the post for three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent. The appointment comes a day after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) high-panel met to choose new ED chief.

Speaking on the occasion, Karnal Singh said, “On day of my superannuation, I want to thank all officers for working with great dedication and commitment in the crusade against corruption and money-laundering. I wish all the best to Sanjay Mishra, new ED chief. I hope ED soars to greater heights under his leadership.”

Notably, Mishra, 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. He is expected to be empanelled soon and subsequently will head the ED in a regular capacity, an official was quoted as saying in a PTI report.

All About Interim ED Chief Sanjay Mishra: 

  • Sanjay Kumar Mishra is a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • He has also served in Ahmedabad and has done stints in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • He has been appointed as interim ED chief. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) also approved Mishra’s appointment to the post of Principal Special Director of the agency.
  • The IRS officer is the second Principal Special Director, a newly-created post in the agency, which was first filled by a 1988 batch IRS officer Seemanchal Das.
  • Mishra has replaced Karnal Singh, whose tenure at the agency will end on Sunday, October 28.

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.

Karnal Singh was appointed as Director General of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in October 2016, following a second time six-month extension to hold additional charge of ED Chief in February 2016.

For the unversed, 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).