Preston 9 May,2023(TIE)The Supreme Court of India has reserved its judgment on a plea challenging the extension of the tenure of the Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), an agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting financial crime in India. The petitioner had argued that the extension granted to the Director was against the law and that it violated the principle of institutional integrity.
The Director’s tenure had been extended by the central government for a period of six months beyond his original two-year term. The petitioner contended that the extension was given without the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, which is required by law. The petitioner also alleged that the decision to extend the Director’s tenure was taken to allow him to complete ongoing investigations into high-profile cases.
The Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides and has reserved its judgment on the matter. The decision is expected to have far-reaching implications for the functioning of India’s premier financial investigation agency, and for the broader issue of institutional independence and integrity in the country.