Senior Congress leader and former I& Minister Manish Tewari has slammed the Modi government for taking the Ordinance route while extending the tenure of CBI and ED Chief’s by another five years.
Reacting to the move , Tewari Told ANI, This ordinance is a message to officers that if we (Centre) have appointed you and if you keep working as per our orders, keep harassing the Opposition, your tenure will be increased year after year. All parties should approach SC jointly on it.
Both ordinances promulgated by NDA/BJP Govt go against Spirit of Jain Hawala judgement that gave stability of tenure to Director CBI& ED to insulate them from Political interference.
Question -1 why extend the Tenure from 2-5 years ?Are they no competent officers left in the 1/1 pic.twitter.com/NZaPLCq2cl
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) November 14, 2021
In another question 2 in a tweet , Tewari wrote, Ques.No-2 By hanging the allurement of yearly extensions before people who would occupy these sensitive offices NDA/BJP Govt wants to subvert whatever little is left of institutional integrity of these two Org’s Message is clear Hound the opposition & get extensions
Tewari further explained , This ordinance is illegal, it contradicts Supreme Court’s 1998 Jain Havala case verdict in which it annpunced CBI, ED director’s tenure as 2 years so that the govt at Centre didn’t force the two agencies into any wrongdoing.
Other opposition leaders to expressed their disgust at the Centre’s move . TMC Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien tweeted
Two brazen Ordinances extend ED and CBI Director terms from 2?? to 5 years ?????#Parliament Winter Session begins two weeks from now. Be rest assured, Opposition parties will do all it takes to stop India from turning into an elected autocracy
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) November 15, 2021