Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will now have a new headquarters in Lutyens’ Zone, Delhi. The inauguration of the new building is likely to take place in the second week of January on January 14, however, there is no official confirmation yet. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi can inaugurate the newly constructed building. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also attend the opening ceremony.
The ED is currently running its office from the fifth and sixth floors of Lok Nayak Bhawan in Khan Market. The director of ED also runs his office from this building. Apart from this, the ED has two more offices in Delhi. One is in Jam Nagar near India Gate where Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai was questioned recently. This office is called the Intelligence Unit of the ED. Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram were also questioned here.
The second office of ED is located in MTNL building opposite Delhi’s famous Ramlila Ground. Here Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez was questioned several times. MTNL Bhawan office is known as Delhi Zone Office and deals with highly sensitive matters. One Special Director and two Joint Directors of ED work from here.
The new headquarters of the ED has been built on the Vidyut Lane which is close to Janpath. Its construction started three years ago which is now complete. This building will be the most modern equipped with all facilities. Now all the three offices of ED will be merged and work will start from the newly constructed headquarters. This will save the time of the agencies as in most of the cases the teams have to move to another building for work.
Former ED director Karnail Singh had written to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligent (DRI) that the department needed a new headquarters. After his retirement, ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra laid the foundation stone of the building. The Covid crisis delayed the construction, otherwise it would have been completed much earlier.
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