Taking a big decision, the central government has extended the tenure of the directors of CBI and ED for 3 years. For this, the government has issued two ordinances on Sunday. According to these ordinances, the tenure of directors of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be for 5 years. Till now the maximum tenure on these posts was only 2 years. This move of the government is sure to raise questions from the opposition parties, who are already accusing these agencies of working in favor of the government and taking action by targeting the opposition leaders.
Ordinance came before winter session
President Ram Nath Kovind has signed both the ordinances. Presently the Parliament is not in session and the President has rightly considered the need to bring an ordinance at the present time. However, extension of service will not be given on completion of 5 years tenure of both the officers. Now after completion of 2 years of tenure of all the upcoming heads of top agencies, they can be extended for another 3 years. However, a total extension of 5 years is possible including the tenure given at the time of joining.
CBI Director Subodh Kumar was earlier the DGP of Maharashtra Police.
Who is the director of ED and CBI
Presently the current Director of CBI is 1985 batch IPS officer and former DGP of Maharashtra Subodh Kumar Jaiswal. He was made director in May 2021. The director of the ED is Sanjay Kumar Mishra, who took over in November 2018. Mishra is a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer. In November last year, in an unprecedented decision, the central government extended Mishra’s tenure for one year. Mishra’s term ended in November 2020.
Bill can be introduced in Parliament
Both the ordinances, namely the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) 2021 and the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (Amendment) 2021, have been brought days before the start of the winter session of Parliament. It is expected that the central government can introduce bills related to them in Parliament during the winter session. The winter session of Parliament is scheduled to begin from November 29.
The tenure of ED Director Sanjay Kumar was already extended by one year.
The Supreme Court had said – extension should be given only in urgent cases
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice LN Rao recently delivered its verdict in a case related to the extension of service of Enforcement Directorate chief Sanjay Mishra. Mishra took charge in 2018. Highlighting the extension of tenure, the bench observed that extension of service should be done only in rare and exceptional cases.
The Enforcement Directorate is a special investigative agency under the Ministry of Finance, which investigates cases related to money laundering and foreign exchange laws and regulations. At the same time, CBI is a premier investigating agency under the Ministry of Personnel, Pension and Public Grievances. It is also the nodal police agency that conducts investigations in collaboration with Interpol member states.
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