NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday brought an Ordinance to extend the tenure of director at the CBI – that looks after special cases of national importance including corruption and heinous crimes — and Enforcement Directorate (ED) — a top law enforcement agency under ministry of finance that looks after crimes involving money laundering and conducts investigations to trace assets derived out of the proceeds of crime — to five years.
The immediate impact of the Ordinance means that tenure of ED director Sanjay Kumar Mishra, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who was due to retire on November 19, may continue to remain in his role for another two years.
“This Ordinance may be called the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. It shall come into force at once,” the gazette notification by ministry of law and justice said on Sunday.
The gazette was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The Ordinance further added that extensions to ED director can be added one year at one time with a cap of five years overall.
”Provided that the period for which the Director of Enforcement holds the office on his initial appointment may, in public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee and for the reasons to be recorded in writing, be extended up to one year at a time. Provided further that no such extension shall be granted after the completion of a period of five years in total including the period mentioned in the initial appointment,” the order said.
Mishra was earlier appointed as ED director for a period of two years by an order of November 19, 2018 and later extended by an order of November 13, 2020.
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