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Supreme Court sends notice to Centre on pleas challenging ED, CBI chiefs’ tenure extension

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice in the petitions challenging the order issued by the Central Government on November 17, 2021 to extend the term of the ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra by one more year.

The petitions also challenge Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Act 2021which allows the extension of the term of the Director of the Enforcement of Directorate up to 5 years.

A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli was hearing eight pleas filed by leaders of the Congress and the Trinamool Congress – Jaya Thakur, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Saket Gokhale and Mahua Moitra, Bar and Bench reported.

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Other petitioners include Manoharlal Sharma, Krishna Chander Singh and Vineet Narain. They have challenged the extension of Mishra’s tenure by one year.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Surjewala told the court that ED administers not just offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act(PMLA) but also the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He pointed out that unlike the appointment of the CBI director, the selection of ED director under Section 25 of the CVC Act is done by a committee headed by chief vigilance commissioner, vigilance commissioners and bureaucrats. “It is an important question to be gone into as who appoints ED director as all representatives are from executive,” Singhvi said.

On September 8 last year, the top court held that Mishra should not be given any further extension and refused to interfere with the decision granting him extension, realising that his tenure was getting over in November 2021. The petitions alleged that the recent ordinance was in violation of the SC judgment and should be struck down.

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