The central government led by PM Modi has decided to extend the tenure of the Chief of CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED). The government has brought an ordinance to increase the tenure of the chiefs of CBI and Enforcement Directorate to 5 years. At present, the tenure of the heads of central agencies is two years. President Ram Nath Kovind has signed both the ordinances. According to the ordinance, the tenure of the heads of the top agencies can be extended every year for three years after the completion of the two-year term.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice LN Rao recently delivered a judgment in a case relating to the extension of tenure of Enforcement Directorate Director SK Mishra, in which the court observed that “extension is only in exceptional circumstances.” His two-year term as the head of the Enforcement Directorate will end next week on November 17. Provided that the period for which the Director of Enforcement Directorate holds office on his initial appointment shall, in the public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee under section (a) and for reasons to be recorded in writing, be at a time His tenure can be extended up to one year. However, they cannot be given any extension of service after the completion of the five-year term. His two-year term ends on November 17.
These ordinances have been brought by the government at a time when opposition parties are constantly alleging misuse of central investigative agencies. Opposition leaders say that they are being targeted through CBI, ED and other investigating agencies. Although the government says that it has no interference in the work of the agencies and they are doing their work according to the law and rules.