In a major reshuffle, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has transferred Dinesh Paruchuri, who was heading the agency’s Hyderabad Zonal Office, as well as 36 other officers of the additional directors of enforcement (ADE) rank.
In an order dated Wednesday, 21 December, the ED, which comes under the Department of Revenue, appointed Rohit Anand as the new head of the Hyderabad Zonal Office, replacing Paruchuri.
Paruchuri, who was appointed to the Hyderabad office just four months back, in August, has been moved to the ED’s Kochi Zonal Office.
The appointment of Anand as chief of the Hyderabad office comes at a time the ED is probing several high-profile cases involving several politicians and other popular personalities in the twin cities.
From the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) violations, the ED is currently also probing the casino case and drugs scam busted in 2017.
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Cases under ED scanner
It has issued notices to several persons, including casino organiser Chikkoti Praveen Kumar and BRS leaders including MLA Manchireddy Kishan Reddy in the casino case and questioned them.
The ED questioned BRS MLA and “Cash for MLAs” complainant Pilot Rohith Reddy on Monday and Tuesday in connection with money laundering charges, apart from issuing summons to a businessman Abhishek Avala to appear before it on Thursday at 11 am.
An Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, Paruchuri was appointed as ADE of Hyderabad Zonal Office in August 2022, replacing Abhishek Goyal who earlier headed the Hyderabad unit of ED.
Goyal was transferred to Mumbai Zonal Office-II as ADE. As per the latest transfer order, Goyal is also holding additional charge of Raipur Zonal office as ADE.
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I-T targets chemicals company
In a separate development, sleuths of the Income Tax (I-T) department carried out searches at a chemicals company and seized several documents.
Around 14 teams conducted searches at several locations belonging to the chemicals company in connection with alleged tax violations.