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Enforcement Directorate (ED) joint director Rajeshwar Singh officially announced his entry into politics on Monday. The officer, known for probing high-profile cases such as the 2G scam, Sahara case, CWG case, Aircel Maxis deal case, and the INX Media case, among others, stated that his application for voluntary retirement from the agency has been accepted by the Finance Ministry.

“After twenty-four years, this journey has come to a halt. On this occasion, I wish to thank the honourable PM @narendramodi, Home Minister @amitshah, Finance Minister @nsiatharaman and SK Mishra, Director of the Enforcement Directorate,” Singh tweeted. He expressed his intention to use all that he has learned in the service of the people and in protecting the country’s integrity. Sources revealed that Singh is seeking a ticket from Suktanpur in UP. In 2014, Singh had attempted to secure a ticket from Amroha with the BJP. In a letter attached to the tweet, Singh expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father, UP police officer Ran Bahadur Singh, and believed that nationalist politics was the way to serve the nation.

As an encounter specialist with the UP Police, Singh joined the ED in 2007 and was absorbed into the agency in 2014. Singh’s name was associated with the conflict between then CBI director Alok Verma and the agency’s then special director Rakesh Asthana.

Singh also wrote a strongly worded letter to then Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, questioning whether he had “developed animosity against him by siding with scamsters.” The letter was leaked at a time when the Supreme Court allowed the government to investigate allegations against Singh regarding a call he had received from Dubai.

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