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Will acting ED Chief Rahul Navin be regularised?

By IndianMandarins- 01 Dec 2023
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New Delhi (01.12.2023): “It was not only expected but inevitable as well,” said several senior civil servants across services after the Centre issued an order empanelling Rahul Navin (IRS IT: 1993), the interim chief of Enforcement Directorate, for holding Additional Secretary rank post in the Government of India. Navin was appointed as in-charge director or head of ED on September 15, 2023 following the end of the tenure of S K Mishra.

It may be underlined that post of Director in ED is in fact Additional Secretary level post which is often elevated (temporarily) to the rank and pay of Secretary, Government of India. His predecessor Sanjay Kumar Mishra (Retd IRS IT: 1984) also took over as ED Chief as Additional Secretary and later he was empanelled and elevated to the rank and pay of Secretary.

A section of senior officials believes that the Centre may have signalled well that it can regularise Rahul Navin as full-fledged Director of ED; the federal probe agency tasked to investigate financial crimes under three laws – the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA).

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