With the recent transfer of assistant director, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Niranjan Singh, who was the investigating officer (IO) in the Bhola drug racket, the agency so far has not appointed his replacement and is likely to give the case to another assistant director posted at the Jalandhar office.
The controversial transfer has already been challenged in the high court that is set to hear a public interest litigation in this regard on Wednesday. The ED’s Jalandhar office is likely to hand over the investigation to one of the two assistant director rank officers in the Jalandhar office -- Manoj Sharma and Gurinder Kaur.
Sources said Niranjan is yet to receive the transfer letter that had been dispatched from Delhi head office of the central agency under the union finance ministry.
The transfer has started casting its shadow over the case with the ED in a Patiala court on Monday seeking more time to oppose Bhola’s bail petition, citing the sudden development.
The next major challenge before the agency is to file a second challan in the case that has to be done before March 11.
Sources said though a major part of the questioning in the case was complete, the IO’s transfer would make filing the challan a tough task for the agency.