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Discuss the role of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. Why is the Enforcement Directorate increasingly being seen as a political weapon?

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

3. Discuss the role of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. Why is the Enforcement Directorate increasingly being seen as a political weapon? (250 words).

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Expressbusiness-standard.com

Why the question:

ED’s rising prominence points to a shift that the Central agencies have grown more powerful, state and city police are pale shadows of themselves

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the function of ED and why it is seen a political weapon.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by stating the aims and objectives of ED and its mandate.

Body:

In the first part, write about the functions of ED in fighting economic crimes. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Next, write about reasons as to why ED is being seen a political weapon against political rival to settle scores. Mention the impact of the same.

Next, write about the measures that are needed to make it neutral and accountable.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.