ED Director Tenure Extended: The Central Government has extended the tenure of ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra for one year. This is the third time that Sanjay Kumar Mishra has been given continuous service extension. According to the order issued by the Personnel Ministry on Thursday (November 17), Mishra, a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, has been given extension of service till November 18, 2023. This will be his fifth year as ED director. His term was ending next week.
Mishra (62) was appointed as the Director of Enforcement Directorate on November 19, 2018 for a period of two years. After this, in the order of November 13, 2020, the appointment letter was amended by the government and his two-year tenure was reduced to three years.
The tenure of ED director was extended after the ordinance
The government last year brought an ordinance that allowed that the tenure of directors of the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could be extended by three years after the mandatory period of two years. After this ordinance, on November 17, 2021, the Center again extended the tenure of the ED chief by one year till November 18, 2022.
In the order issued on Thursday, it has been said that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of the tenure of Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Director of Enforcement Directorate, for a period of one year. The Enforcement Directorate functions under the Union Ministry of Finance. Sanjay Kumar Mishra is a 1984 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the Income Tax (IT) cadre.
Challenge in the Supreme Court
The petitions challenging the extension of SK Mishra’s tenure as ED director have been listed before the Supreme Court for this week. The Union Finance Ministry had told the Supreme Court that the tenure of the chief of the Enforcement Directorate was increased from two years to five years to ensure continuity and monitoring of investigations in several sensitive cases in the public interest.
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The government had referred to several PILs filed by Congress office bearers challenging the amendment giving power to extend the tenure of the ED director up to a maximum of five years. The government had said that several investigations are going on against several members of the Congress under the PMLA. Hence these petitions are clearly motivated by personal interest rather than any public interest.