SC to hear petition challenging extension of ED director’s term on 9 April

SC to hear petition challenging extension of ED director's term on 9 April

The apex court will hear a petition filed by the Common Cause on 9 April challenging the extension given to the tenure of Director of Enforcement, Directorate Sanjay Kumar Mishra with retrospective effect.

On Monday, a division bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Vineet Saran posted the matter for disposal on Friday. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench that the response to the petition is ready and is being filed today.

The petition challenges the order issued by the President on November 13 last year, amending the 2018 appointment order of the Enforcement Directorate to extend the original term of his appointment to 3 years instead of 2 years. ED Director  SK Mishra had a tenure of two years till November 18, 2020.

The petition states that as per the provisions of the CVC Act, a committee recommends a candidate to be appointed as ED Director to the Ministry of Finance. Such a director cannot be below the rank of Additional Secretary to the Central Government and he will hold the post for a period of not less than two years.