22 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Factionalism rears head in ED

Is the Enforcement Directorate (ED) going the CBI way? The agency seems to be getting pulled in different directions, as seen in the recent controversy involving a senior investigating officer. Joint Director Satyabrat Kumar was divested of all duties as in-charge of the Mumbai zonal unit except the supervision of the coal block allocation case and made the additional director (WR) responsible for everything else. But within hours the order was reversed as it was discovered that ED Special Director for the western zone Vineet Agarwal had issued it without consulting the ED headquarters. This was apparently not relished by senior officials and so, in a matter of hours, the order was cancelled. Sources say that Mr Agarwal is clearly being seen exceeding his brief in issuing the order without the approval of the ED chief. Some see in the episode a kind of resemblance with the faction feud that raged in the CBI, which only damaged its reputation.

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