Nirav Modi case: Govt removes ED Mumbai chief; Vineet Agarwal accused of relieving investigating officer without due process
New Delhi: The federal government has eliminated ED’s particular director in Mumbai, Vineet Agarwal, for his alleged interference in relieving the company’s investigating officer within the Nirav Modi money-laundering case with out following due process, officers stated Tuesday.
They stated the tenure of Agarwal has been minimize quick by three years and the 1994-batch Indian Police Service officer of Maharashtra cadre has been repatriated to his house state with rapid impact.
The Union Finance Ministry issued an order Tuesday after getting sanction from the Appointments Committee of the Cupboard and subsequently the ED headquarters in Delhi issued the orders relieving Agarwal from the submit of particular director of the company in Mumbai, the officers stated.
An ED particular director, primarily based in Mumbai, heads the western area of the company and has management over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The cost has now been handed over in an “additional capacity” to the company’s particular director primarily based in Chennai.
Agarwal was despatched on deputation to the Enforcement Directorate in January 2017 for 5 years by the central authorities.
His title cropped up on 29 March after he issued an order relieving his Joint Director in Mumbai, Satyabrat Kumar, from the Nirav Modi case probe when the courtroom listening to within the extradition case of the absconding diamantaire was underway in London.
As an argument erupted within the delicate case, being monitored at prime ranges of the federal government, ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra issued a recent order in Delhi and cancelled Agarwal’s signed order, inside just a few hours.
A report on the day-long episode, seen as embarrassing to the company in an essential case, was subsequently despatched by the ED headquarters to the Union Finance Ministry and the PMO, following which the officer was eliminated, the officers stated.
They stated the IPS officer has been discovered responsible of exceeding his transient and interfering with the powers of the ED director and official procedures.
A particular director is just empowered to switch or alter the cost of an official as much as the extent of an assistant director, officers defined.
A joint director submit is one above the assistant director and solely the ED director is empowered to switch such an official.
The officers stated “unnecessary controversy was created and the March 29 incident was seen as an attempt to weaken Indian investigating agencies’ efforts to extradite Nirav Modi by this act.”
Modi is needed by ED on money-laundering expenses and by CBI for felony corruption expenses in reference to the $2 billion alleged fraud at Punjab Nationwide Financial institution, stated to be the most important banking rip-off of the nation.
The ED, that day, had additionally issued a clarification by its Twitter deal with, stating that “certain media reports” stated the joint director supervising investigation within the case of Nirav Modi has been relieved. “This report is not correct and denied.”
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