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AT FIRST glance, one would take him to be a professor. Suave and soft- spoken, the man who sports a French cut has a Ph. D. in Economics to boot.

But nothing could be farther from the truth. Rajan Katoch, a 1979- batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, holds the very important position of director, Enforcement Directorate ( ED).

Katoch enjoys a clean image and is determined to take the agency's investigations into big- ticket cases to their logical conclusion. His brief, sources say, to his officials is simple: stick to the straight and narrow and do what the laws empower you to do.

Katoch will be overseeing the agency's ambitious plan for a major expansion likely to be over by 2014. The ED is most probably going to make its presence felt in all the major states of India soon. Three new special directors will assume charge in Chennai, Kolkata and Chandigarh to keep a watch on Foreign Exchange Management Act violations and money laundering as expectations from the agency rise.

From its current executive strength of close to 580, it will grow to have over 1,525 officials. The numbers of those working at the cutting- edge level of enforcement officer and assistant director will increase by 142 and 131 respectively, while their present strength is barely 112 and 55.

Katoch's focus is to speed up the ED's investigations in several cases and take up more cases for probe as the agency expands its footprint across the country.

He will also put a premium on probity, which he has made it clear to his officials. Some who have been serving on probation for a rather long time have been sent back and a search is on for honest and competent officials to man various positions. Katoch means business.


KATOCH will oversee the ED's expansion plan.

He has to ensure the 2G spectrum scam, Hasan Ali's alleged money laundering operation and the suspected financial irregularities in IPL are probed till their conclusion

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Date:Jun 18, 2012
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