|Directorate General of Economic Enforcement|
|Enforcement Directorate Logo|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
The prime objective of the Enforcement Directorate is the enforcement of two key Acts of the Government of India namely, the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 (FEMA) and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (PMLA)
The ED's (Enforcement Directorate) official website enlists its other objectives which are primarily linked to checking money laundering in India.
Organizational Set Up
The ED was commissioned with its headquarters at New Delhi and has ten zones at Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Cochin and Hyderabad. Each of these zones are headed by the joint Directors. Officers are drawn from the Income Tax and Customs departments. Besides, there are nine sub-zones at Indore, Agra, Srinagar, Jaipur, Varanasi, Calicut, Hyderabad, Guwahati Panjim which are headed by the Assistant Directors. Moreover, there are three Special Directors of Enforcement and one Additional Director of Enforcement and two Deputy Director at Head Office.
For the trial of an offence punishable under section 4 of PMLA, the Central Government (in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court), designates one or more Sessions Court as Special Court(s). The court is also called "PMLA Court". Any appeal against any order passed by PMLA court can directly be filed in the High Court for that jurisdiction.
Main article: Hasan Ali Khan
Ali's premises were raided by ED as far back as 2007. However, according several news reports, the probe against him appears to have been proceeded at an extremely slow pace and seems to hit a dead end.