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Modi government extended the tenure of CBI, ED directors, Congress targeted, told government operatives

The tenure of the directors of CBI and ED can be up to a maximum of five years instead of the current two years.

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday hit out at the central government for promulgating ordinances through which the tenure of directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) can now be extended to a maximum of five years. . The opposition party said the government has used both the agencies as its ‘hunchmen’ (operatives) who are now being honoured. The tenure of the directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) can be up to a maximum of five years from the current two years. The government on Sunday issued two ordinances in this regard. At present, CBI and ED directors have a fixed tenure of two years from the date of their appointment in view of the Supreme Court’s directions in the famous case of Vineet Narayan.Also Read – Narasimha Rao said in cabinet meeting after Babri demolition that I don’t want your sympathy: Salman Khurshid

On this development, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the Modi government uses the ED-CBI as a henchman to “grab rights and destabilize the elected governments”. He said that ED and CBI raids on leaders of opposition parties have become a daily thing. Also Read – UP Elections 2022: Congress will not tie up with any party in UP, Priyanka Gandhi said – we will fight alone

Surjewala tweeted, “Now these henchmen are being honored with a tenure of five years, so that malicious prosecution is used to stifle the voices of protest.” He wrote in another tweet, “Modi The correct explanation of ED-CBI in government is: ED – Election Department. CBI- Compromised Bureau of Investigation.” The Congress spokesperson said, “Naturally, retired officers were being given extension repeatedly earlier. Now the tenure of five years has been made straight. Also Read – Jawaharlal Nehru was born on this day, went to jail many times for independence, know what PM Modi said on his birth anniversary

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari tweeted, “Both the ordinances issued by the NDA-BJP government are against the spirit of the Jain Hawala judgment, which gave permanent tenure to CBI and ED directors to keep them free from political interference.” Another tweet said, “First question: Why was the tenure increased from two to five years? Are there no competent officers left in the country? Second question: The NDA-BJP government is trying to destroy the little remaining institutional sanctity of these two institutions by tempting people holding these sensitive posts for annual extension. The message is clear that throw out the opposition and get extension of service.

Tiwari said, “Parliament session is likely to start from November 29. In such a situation, what is the rush to bring these ordinances. Ignoring the process of parliamentary examination 14 days before the commencement of the Parliament session.

The Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance has been promulgated just three days before the retirement of 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer and current Enforcement Directorate chief SK Mishra. The government had given another extension in 2020 after the completion of his two-year term.

The matter was heard in the Supreme Court this year, which did not quash the extension, but asked the government not to grant Mishra any further extension after November 17. However, officials said that after the ordinance comes into force, it has to be seen whether Mishra will continue to serve as the ED chief.

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