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Govt Does Not Interfere In Functioning Of ED: Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman said, ED knows its responsibilities and the government does not interfere in its work.

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the government does not interfere in the functioning of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), rejecting the opposition’s criticism on misuse of central agency against political opponents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

She said that the ED comes into picture only when there is suspicion of money laundering, while addressing a press conference near Pune on the side-lines of a programme.

When asked about ED taking actions against opposition leaders, Sitharaman said the law enforcement agency, which comes under Ministry of Finance, knows its responsibilities and the government does not interfere in its work.