SC issues notices to Centre over ED director’s tenure extension
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Central Government on petitions challenging the extension of tenure of present director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Sanjay Kumar Mishra, sources said on Tuesday. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana issued notices to the Centre saying the case will be heard after ten days.
The other members of the bench are Justice Krishna Kurari and Hima Kohli. They said, “We issue notices on all the petitions. List after 10 days.” The court heard a batch of eight petitions filed by Trinamool Congress and Congress leaders including Jaya Thakur, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Saket Gokhale and Mahua Moitra. The other petitioners in the case are lawyer ML Sharma, Krishna Chander Singh and Vineet Narain. They challenged the extension of Mishra’s tenure for one year and the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Act, which allows extension of service for five years. A senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi who represented Surjewala said that the Act allows the Central Government to give yearly extensions to the ED director up to five years, putting the officer at the government’s discretion, comprising the independence of the post.