Black money: SIT brings new intel agency on board
In order to speed up its probe into cases of illegal funds stashed abroad, the SIT on black money has roped in one more economic intelligence agency -- CEIB -- as the main “coordinating body” between all the investigative and enforcement agencies which are part of the high-powered panel. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had wanted to name the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as the chief coordinating agency for the panel -- which has close to a dozen central agencies working on it -- but chose the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) for the important role. The SIT zeroed in on CEIB after it was found that the agency had all the resources at its disposal for handling the role while ED is already overburdened with money laundering and foreign exchange violation cases and is facing a manpower shortage as well. “CEIB has recently been appointed as the main coordinating body for the SIT. It is the 12th agency which will work with the SIT on black money, albeit from the sidelines and not as a part of the core panel,” said sources privy to the development. Set up in 1985, CEIB is the nodal agency for coordinating financial and economic intelligence data and ensuring effective interaction among all the agencies concerned which are engaged in dealing with economic offences in the country.