New Delhi: IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra was on Saturday appointed the new chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an additional capacity, a government order said.

Mishra, a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax cadre, has been appointed as principal special director in the central probe agency and entrusted with the “additional" charge of ED director for three months.

His appointment as ED chief has been made “for a period of 3 months, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier", according to an order issued by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Official sources said Mishra, posted as the chief commissioner of the Income Tax department in Delhi currently, 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, they said.

The post of ED director is an additional secretary rank post in the Union government.

Mishra will take over from incumbent Karnal Singh whose tenure at the agency ends on Sunday.

Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Union Territories cadre, will complete an over three-year tenure as ED director. He had been credited with leading some high-profile investigation cases such as the VVIP helicopters case, cases against former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, and the Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya money laundering investigations.

During his tenure, the central probe agency saw a phenomenal jump in registration of cases, attachment of assets and filing of charge sheets.

The ED, during this time, attached assets worth over 33,563 crore, while these figures for 10 years between 2005 and 2015 was 9,003 crore.

The new ED boss, S K Mishra, worked in various capacities in the Income Tax department and also served in the Foreign Tax division of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

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