Sanjay Kumar Mishra: The IRS officer who rose to the post of interim ED director

New Delhi: On Saturday the centre appointed 1984 batch IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as the Interim Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for three months as incumbent Karnal Singh is retiring on Sunday.

Karnal Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Union Territories cadre, will complete an over three year tenure as the ED Director. He was appointed as full time ED chief with a fixed tenure of two years on October 27, 2016, following a Supreme Court intervention.

“Entrustment of additional charge to the post of the Director, ED, to Mishra for a period of three months, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier,” the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) said in its order.

The ACC also said that it has approved Mishra’s appointment to the post of Principal Special Director of the financial probe agency.

Who is Sanjay Kumar Mishra?

Mishra is a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service officer of the Income Tax cadre, and has been appointed as the Principal Special Director in the agency and has also been entrusted with the additional charge of ED Director for three months.

Mishra is the second Principal Special Director, a newly-created post in the agency, which was first held by a 1988 batch IRS officer Seemanchal Das.

Official sources said 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.

Mishra is expected to be empanelled soon and subsequently will head the ED in a regular capacity, informed sources. The post of ED director is an additional secretary rank post in the Union government.

The ED investigates in two major areas — Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

(With inputs from PTI)