The government has enacted two ordinances to extend the mandate of the heads of the IWC and the Directorate of Enforcement for up to five years. The heads of central agencies currently serve a two-year term.
Both ordinances have been signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Heads of major agencies can be extended, according to ordinances, every year for up to three years after completing the two-year term.
“Provided that the period during which the Director of Compliance holds the position in his initial appointment may, in the public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee under section a) and for the reasons that must be recorded in writing, be extended up to one year to the time: as long as no such extension is granted after the end of a period of five years in total, including the period mentioned in the initial appointment, “an official statement read.
A Supreme Court bench, headed by Judge LN Rao, recently handed down a ruling in the case related to the extension of the head of the Directorate of Enforcement, SK Mishra, who took office in 2018, underlining that the extension of the mandate ” it should be done only in rare and exceptional cases. ” “.
The Government of India extends the Ordinance to extend the mandate of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) and the Directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) up to 5 years. pic.twitter.com/r6NZ8cLyJS
– ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2021
The ordinances come before the end of his term on November 17, which was extended for another year last year, in what critics called an “unprecedented move.”
The Enforcement Directorate, “an agency specialized in financial investigation under the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance,” investigates cases related to exchange laws and regulations and money laundering.
Opposition parties have in the past accused the government of misusing central investigative agencies amid investigations targeting top leaders and former ministers.