Sanjay Mishra new ED Director, involved in probing NDTV & key man in National Herald case

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Mishra also served in Ahmedabad. Apart from it, he has had stints in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Enforcement Directorate

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Sanjay Mishra has been appointed as the new Enforcement Directorate Director (ED) in an additional capacity for three months. He is an Indian Revenue Service officer.

Current ED Director Karnal Singh is all set to retire today after heading the agency for more than two-and-half years.

At present, Mishra is the chief commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi. Mishra is reportedly involved in the probe against NDTV. He has also “guided” the investigation in the National Herald case involving the Gandhi family.

As per a report, Mishra has also served in Ahmedabad. Apart from it, he has had stints in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Enforcement Directorate.

Karnal, who got three-extensions was almost about to get another one when the tiff between two CBI officers began and put a break to his extension

There was speculation earlier that Karnal Singh’s tenure may be extended. However, sources said developments in the CBI, especially in the past one week which saw the government sending the agency’s two top officers on administrative leave, seem to have scuttled his chances of continuing on the post.

Karnal Singh too had decided to step back. He was given three extensions of three-month tenures in 2016 when he had an additional charge of the Director’s post. Following a court order, he was granted a two-year tenure effective October 2016.

The development is also being seen as a result of the complaint CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana sent to Cabinet Secretary and the way the government responded to it.

Asthana named ED Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh and CBI Director Alok Verma making concerted efforts to tarnish him. Karnal Singh and Alok Verma are from the same UT cadre. Incidentally, both have had stints in the Delhi Police also. Karnal is also considered to be close to Rajeshwar Singh. As per a report which appeared in The IndianExpress when the government gave an R&AW note against Rajeshwar Singh to the Supreme Court — the note alleged that Rajeshwar Singh had received a call from an ISI agent — Karnal Singh issued an official press release, defending his colleague and denying the charges.

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