Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer Niranjan Singh, who is investigating the multi-crore Bhola drug racket, has been promoted from assistant director to deputy director. With this, he is now the agency’s number two officer in Punjab and his promotion has again triggered speculations about his transfer, going by the tradition of the agency.
The officer hogged the limelight last year when his transfer was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana high court. At that time there were talks that he had been shifted because he was after some big names involved in the narcotics trade. Sources said Singh may have to relinquish the charge of the IO in the drug case as the probe officer is generally of lower rank.
“In ED, the IO is generally the enforcement officer or the assistant director. If deputy director (Niranjan Singh) continues to be the IO in the drug case, it will a first in the history of the ED,” said a senior official of the agency.
Recipient of President’s Medal, Niranjan has to his credit investigating some famous cases, including the multi-core Happy Forex scam, cases revolving hawala dealer Tarlochan Tochi of Amritsar, besides the Bhola drug case.
Singh received the letter about his promotion on Tuesday.