The Central government has brought two ordinances to extend the tenure of directors of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for up to 5 years.
The present tenure for the chiefs of both the investigating agencies is of two years. While they cannot be removed before their tenure ends, an extension can be given by the government.
"Provided that the period for which the Director of Enforcement holds the office on his initial appointment may, in public interest, on the recommendation of the Committee under clause (a) and for the reason to be recorded in writing, be extended up to one year at a time," the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 said on Sunday.
"Provided further that no such extension shall be granted after the completion of a period of five years in total including the period mentioned in the initial appointment," the ordinance said.
The second ordinance 'The Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021' also has a similar amendment and comes into force at once.