Tenure of CBI, ED Directors extended by order for up to five years

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As per the two ordinances issued by the Central Government on Sunday, the tenures of the directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) can be extended from two to five years by the center. President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated the ordinances. From the present fixed two-year tenure, the Central agency’s chiefs can have three annual extensions now.

Amendments in the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 resulted in changes in the tenure of the CBI Director, and alterations in Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 derived the tenure change for ED Directors. This development comes only days before the current ED chief, Sanjay Kumar Mishra is to retire. 

The Central Vigilance Ordinance 2021 explains that on the committee’s recommendation and in the public interest, the Director of Enforcement’s tenure can be extended to one year. The only precondition is that they hold the office on their initial appointment for a certain period. Further, no similar extensions are to be provided after the completion of five years, including the initial appointment period. 

The Opposition is displeased with the issuance of ordinances now as the winter session of parliament starts on November 29th, just two weeks from now. Congress Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh calls the move ‘expectedly brazen.’

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury’s tweet talked about how the center has done this to avoid the scrutiny of the parliament session and calls it fishy. Further, Trinamool Congress leader in Parliament Derek O’Brien’s tweet mentioned how the BJP government does this to keep their ‘pet parrots in CBI and ED.’ 

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