The ED has the power to investigate financial offenses in India, including those involving foreign exchange and money laundering. It can investigate and prosecute cases related to violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), and other related laws.
The ED has the power to search, seize, and attach property, documents, and records that are related to the financial offense being investigated. It can also summon witnesses and examine them, and can even arrest persons suspected of being involved in the offense.
The ED follows certain procedures while investigating financial offenses. It first collects information from various sources and then examines the documents and records related to the offense. It then conducts searches and seizures and examines witnesses. After this, it prepares a report on the offense and forwards it to the concerned court.