SC to hear PIL challenging ordinances on power to extend tenure of CBI, ED directors

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will list for hearing a PIL challenging the validity of two ordinances under which the tenure of the directors of CBI and Enforcement Directorate can now be extended by up to three years after the mandated term of two years.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli took note of the submissions that the PIL on the issue is yet to be listed for hearing.
Advocate M L Sharma, who has filed the PIL in his personal capacity, said now the tenure of ED Director Sanjay Kumar Mishra has also been extended by taking recourse of the powers under one of the ordinances.
“We will list it,” the bench said.
The PIL alleged that the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance and the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Ordinance are “unconstitutional, arbitrary and ultra-vires” to the Constitution and urged their quashing.
The PIL alleged that the central government has misused its power under Article 123 of the Constitution which deals with the power of the President to promulgate ordinances during recess of Parliament.
It also alleged that the ordinances are aimed at circumventing the apex court’s directive in the verdict on a PIL that had challenged the retrospective change in the 2018 appointment order of Mishra as ED director leading to extension of his tenure.

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