New ordinances allow Centre to extend CBI, ED chiefs’ tenures

admin November 24, 2021
Updated 2021/11/24 at 2:09 PM

On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind signed two ordinances allowing the Centre to extend the terms of the directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate from two to five years.

The heads of the Central Agency normally serve for a set two-year term, although they may now be extended three times a year.

While the CBI Director’s term was changed by changing the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act of 1946, the ED Director’s tenure was changed by altering the Central Vigilance Commission Act of 2003.

The action comes only days before Sanjay Kumar Mishra, the current ED head, was set to step down on November 17.

The Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, states, “Provided that the period for which the Director of Enforcement holds the office on his initial appointment may, in the public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee under clause(a) and for the reason to be recorded in writing, be extended up to one year at a time.”

“Provided also that no such extension shall be granted after the completion of a total of five years, including the term specified in the first appointment,” it said.

The decision has enraged the Opposition, which is understandable given that the ordinances were introduced only two weeks before the winter session of Parliament begins on November 29. “It’s brazen, to say the least. “Why did they have to resort to an ordinance when Parliament is set to convene on November 29,” said Congress Rajya Sabha Chief Whip Jairam Ramesh.

“How Modi-BJP Shah’s mock #Parliament and shamelessly use Ordinances,” Trinamool Congress leader in Parliament Derek O’Brien tweeted, citing the Narendra Modi government’s introduction of 3.7 ordinances for every 10 Bills in the 17th Lok Sabha. The same ruse is being used to maintain their pet parrots in the ED and CBI today.”

“On the 29th, the Parliament session will begin. To escape scrutiny, the Centre issued ordinances on Sunday extending the terms of the CBI and ED directors. “Something suspicious about this urgent rush,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.


Source: The Hindu

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