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Indore enforcement directorate faces staff crunch

The Indore sub-zonal enforcement directorate office that created a record of attaching property worth over Rs 110 crore is facing a severe staff crunch.

indore Updated: Aug 11, 2016 12:56 IST
Indore enforcement directorate

The Indore Enforcement Directorate unit is handling a number of important cases, including the Zoom Developers scam.

The Indore sub-zonal enforcement directorate office that created a record of attaching property worth over Rs 110 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in 2015-16, is facing a severe staff crunch.

The post of the deputy director has been lying vacant for the last couple of months after the last incumbent was transferred to his parent income tax department.

There are two assistant directors against the sanctioned post of four and there is only one assistant enforcement officer, while the sanctioned strength is five.

There are two assistant enforcement officers who are mainly for assisting their seniors and they cannot investigate cases independently. So effectively there are only three officers with powers to investigate independently.

The post of the joint director, who sits in Ahmedabad and has the power of issuing provisional attachment orders under the PML Act, too is lying vacant since October 2015.

The joint director in Panaji, Goa, holds additional charge of Ahmedabad.

An ED official, who did not want to be named, said that working under these circumstances has become tough. “We are not thinking of taking up new cases these days due to the shortage of staff as we are struggling to complete the ones that we already have,” he said.

The Indore unit is handling a number of important cases, including the Zoom Developers scam that was investigated by the Indore unit of the ED that led to the attachment of land worth more than Rs 100 crore.

Zoom Developers, owned by US-based Vijay Choudhary, is among the top three bank defaulters in the country. While the company’s secretary Satish Kabra has been arrested and is in jail for the last one year, Choudhary is still absconding.

Senior ED officials in Ahmedabad and Goa did not respond to calls made by HT for their response.

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There are two assistant directors against the sanctioned post of four

There is only one assistant enforcement officer, while the sanctioned strength is five

There are two assistant enforcement officers who are mainly for assisting their seniors and they cannot investigate cases independently