ED officers awarded for laundering, forex violations probe
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday awarded some of its ace investigators for their outstanding performance in criminal investigations into money laundering and forex violations.
ED Director Rajan Katoch gave commendation awards to ten of its officers and investigators who have cracked some of the most high-profile and tough financial crimes in the country.
In the Delhi zone of the agency, Assistant Director Vikas Mehta was awarded for putting in over 26 years of exemplary service in investigations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) which includes the the first-ever overseas attachment done by the ED in Australia in connection with the infamous kidney scam case.
Mehta was adjudged the "best investigator" for effecting four prosecution complaints and six attachment orders in one year, the maximum by an investigator of the agency.
The officer is credited with probing some of the most high-profile cases being investigated in Delhi under money laundering laws including one against Income Tax department Commissioner Ashutosh Verma who was arrested by CBI in an disproportionate assets case a few years ago.
During the event, Bangalore office of the ED was adjudged the 'best zone' for effecting maximum number of quality attachment orders and a number of prosecution complaints against offenders in courts.
ED's Bangalore unit chief Subhash Agarwal was awarded for undertaking fine probes in the southern zone including the multi-crore money laundering attachments of former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy.
Among the other awardees were Niranjan Singh, Assistant Director of the ED in Jalandhar. Singh undertook attachment action and investigation in some of the most prominent drug and hawala rackets in Punjab.
A K Sinha, Enforcement Officer of the ED's Ranchi office, was also awarded for conducting a three-year probe and filing of prosecution against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and his associates.