The government today (Saturday, October 27) appointed IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra as the new chief of the Enforcement Directorate in an additional capacity as the current incumbent Karnal Singh retires after completing a three-year tenure as ED Director.

Mishra is a 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service officer of the Income Tax cadre. He has been appointed as the Principal Special Director in the agency and has been entrusted with the additional charge of ED Director for three months.

He replaces 1984 batch IPS officer Karnal Singh whose tenure at the agency ends on Sunday.

Mishra, who was currently posted as chief commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi, has not been empanelled as an additional secretary in the central government and hence has been given the top ED charge in an additional capacity.He is expected to be empanelled soon and subsequently will head the ED in a regular capacity.The ED director post is an additional secretary rank post in the Union government.

A report in The Indian Express (IE), quoting sources in Income Tax department, said he has been involved in the probe against NDTV and has “guided” the investigation in the National Herald case involving the Gandhi family. Mishra has also served in Ahmedabad and has done stints in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Enforcement Directorate.

Mishra’s appointment also rules out elevation of ED’s deputy director Rajeshwar Singh to the post. This is seen as linked to the spat between CBI Director Alok Verma and his deputy, Special director Rakesh Asthana. Verma, Karnal Singh and Rajeshwar Singh are supposed to belong to the same camp.