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TMC moves statutory resolutions in RS against ordinances to extend tenure of ED, CBI chiefs

On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind had signed two ordinances promulgated by the Ministry of Law and Justice which state that after the two year term of an ED or CBI chief ends, the Union government may extend his or her tenure by a year for three consecutive years.

November 15, 2021 04:53 pm | Updated 04:53 pm IST - New Delhi

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday moved a notice for statutory resolutions in the Rajya Sabha objecting to the ordinances by the government to extend the tenure of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) chiefs, sources said.

On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind had signed two ordinances promulgated by the Ministry of Law and Justice which state that after the two year term of an ED or CBI chief ends, the Union government may extend his or her tenure by a year for three consecutive years.

The ordinances amend the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act, which is the parent law for the CBI, and the Central Vigilance Act, which covers the appointment of the ED director.

The TMC had raised objection to the ordinances route for the extension of the tenures questioning the government's hurry at a time when the winter session of Parliament was barely two weeks away.

On Monday, the party moved two separate statutory resolutions for the two laws the government has amended through the ordinances to extend the tenure of ED and CBI chiefs.

"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," tweeted TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien.

Sources indicate that such notices will be filed by other opposition parties in the run-up to the winter session of parliament.

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