Acting ED Director Rahul Navin has been empanelled to hold an additional secretary rank at the Centre.
The elevation of Navin is significant as the regular post of ED director is an additional secretary rank post. Former ED director S K Mishra, a 1984-batch IRS officer, was promoted to the secretary rank while heading the ED.
Navin is a 1993-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax cadre.
He was appointed as the in-charge director or head of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in September following the end of tenure of Sanjay Kumar Mishra.
Navin holds expertise in international taxation laws and treaties and has been serving as the Special Director (vigilance) in the ED since his appointment at the agency from the Income Tax department in 2020.
Who is Rahul Navin?
Hailing from Bihar, Navin is considered as a smart and intelligent officer. He is a silent worker and considered to be among top investigators in ED. He gets into the detail of matter and does thorough enquiry reaching to the root. He is quite practical in his approach and proactively deals with issues.
Being an Income Tax officer, Rahul Navin understands taxation quite well. He has authored a book – Information Exchange and Tax Transparency – explains the role of tax havens and off shore financial centres in global tax evasion and avoidance.
This book provides guidance to tax authorities, taxpayers, tax professionals and public at large in understanding how global transparency and the commitment of jurisdictions to exchange information would facilitate investigation of cross-border transactions for effective protection of domestic tax revenue.