New Delhi: The Modi government at the Centre has recently decided to extend the tenure of the heads of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI from 2 years to 5 years. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has now filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Centre's decision. Earlier, TMC MP Mahua Moitra and advocate Ml Sharma have also filed a petition in the case.
State that the Central Government brought an ordinance to extend the tenure of heads of ED and CBI by 5 years. According to the new ordinance, the CBI and ED chief will be appointed for the first 2 years. These officers will then be given extensions for three years. Extensions can be given three times for a year each. But it should not be more than 5 years in total. Mahua Moitra has filed a petition challenging the Ordinance extending the tenure of the Centre's ED and CBI.
In her petition, Mahua has said that the Centre cannot invalidate the court order through its ordinance. Moitra said that when the tenure of CBI and ED chief is only two years, a 1-year extension cannot be a short extension. She accused the government of misusing power and said the government is choosing CBI and ED chief who can give them control over the investigating agencies. It will also affect the freedom of the agencies.