Centre removes Mumbai ED chief Vineet Agrawal over Nirav Modi case row

ED Director Sanjay Mishra revoked the transfer orders of agency’s joint Director Satyabrata Kumar saying that ED special Director cannot take such decisions alone

Centre removes Mumbai ED chief Vineet Agrawal over Nirav Modi case row

The establishment on Tuesday removed Mumbai Enforcement Directorate (ED) special Director Vineet Agrawal over his decision to transfer an investigative officer who was probing into the case of fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. 

As this happened, Agrawal, ED’s Mumbai chief landed in a huge controversy which led to his removal from the post. Earlier on March 29, Agrawal issued the transfer orders of ED Joint Director Satyabrata Kumar who was in London for a hearing in the Nirav Modi case. 

However, ED Director Sanjay Mishra revoked Kumar’s transfer orders saying that the special director Agrawal can’t take such decision to transfer joint director of the central investigative agency alone. 

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The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet reduced Agrawal’s tenure by three years and was directed to report to his home cadre Maharashtra. Earlier in January 2017, Agrawal – a 1994 batch IPS officer – was appointed with ED to serve a five-year term. 

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