|Directorate General of Economic Enforcement|
|Logo of the Directorate General of Economic Enforcement.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Governing body||Government of India|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue|
The Directorate General of Economic Enforcement (Hindi: प्रवर्तन निदेशालय) is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. It comprises officers of the Indian Revenue Service. It was established on the 1st day of June, 2000 by the Central Govt. of India to investigate provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.
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 Deputy 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 Pajjim 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. 
Hasan ali case
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.    
Adarsh Housing Society Scam
On 28 February 2012, Bombay High Court severely castigated ED for its failure to initiate any probe in the matter. Expressing its unhappiness the court observed, "It is unfortunate that ED has remained a mute spectator. There is a serious lapse on the agency's part for not probing into money laundering offence. ED has not moved an inch. It reflects a sorry state of affairs. We are summoning the director as there has been no assistance from his department to the court." 
- "ED website - FAQ". directorateofenforcement. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "Hasan Ali probe hits dead end". Times of India. Nov 30, 2011. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- Bali Pavan (January 31, 2011). "Billions, gone with the hawa(la)!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "ED officer suspended for slow pace of Hasan Ali probe". India Today. May 6, 2011. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "SC pulls up Centre on Hasan Ali case". Times of India. Mar 3, 2011. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "ED official in the dock for ‘helping’ Hasan Ali, aides". Indian Express. May 07 2011. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- R Vaidyanathan - Prof of finance and control, IIM Baglore (Dec 1, 2011). "Shame them! Black money held abroad is not just a tax issue". Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "Adarsh scam probe: Bombay HC pulls up ED". Zee News. February 28, 2012. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
- "Adarsh housing scam: Bombay HC slams ED, CBI, warns of forming SIT". Times of India. Feb 28, 2012. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
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