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ED Director Karnal Singh gets two-year fixed term

Feb 9, 2017 08:17 IST

Karnal Singh, Director of Enforcement Directorate (ED), on 7 February 2017 was given a fixed two-year tenure to head the anti-money laundering investigation agency. The move came following a recent Supreme Court directive.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) also approved a two-year fixed term for Singh effective from 27 October 2016.

In October 2016, the ACC had approved the name of Singh as ED chief until 31 August 2017.

Singh, a Union Territories cadre officer, had held the additional charge of the post of ED chief since August 19, 2015, until the time he was elevated as the Director.

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Background

The Supreme Court recently ordered that Singh's appointment as ED Director would be for two years from 27 October 2016.

The apex court’s directive came following a PIL petition filed in 2016 by Mumbai-based former Indian Revenue Service officer Uday Babu Khalwadekar.

The SC had noted that, as per the appointment letter issued to Singh, he would cease to hold office the day he superannuates in August 2017, which was a violation of Section 25(d) of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act.

The top court directed the Union Government to issue a fresh notification within a week on the appointment of Singh as the ED Director for two years, in line with the provisions of the CVC Act.

The government's move came considering Singh's retirement due in August 2017 and following the recent direction by the apex court to the government.

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