Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Explainer: Why govt wants Enforcement Directorate chief to continue | India News – Presswire18 News


NEW DELHI: The Centre has once again approached the Supreme Court seeking the extension of Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief Sanjay Kumar Mishra’s tenure until October 15. This comes after the apex court deemed the previous extensions granted to Mishra as “illegal.” The government has cited the ongoing Financial Action Task Force (FATF) review as the reason for Mishra’s continuation. It argues that his absence would have a negative impact on India’s national interests. The FATF is an inter-governmental body focused on combating money laundering and terror financing, with India being a committed participant. The Supreme Court will hear the matter today.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court about the government’s application seeking a modification of the court’s July 11 verdict. In its previous ruling, the court declared the extensions given to Mishra as a breach of its previous directives against extending the tenure of the ED director.
Significance:
Sanjay Kumar Mishra is currently handling several high-profile cases related to suspected money laundering. Some of the notable figures under the agency’s scrutiny include former finance minister P Chidambaram, Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar, former Jammu & Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, former Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and Young India – an organization controlled by the Gandhi family that owns the National Herald newspaper. Last year, the government passed an ordinance permitting the extension of the ED and CBI directors’ terms by up to three years after the initial two-year mandate.

Explanation: The Indian government has approached the Supreme Court once again to seek an extension for Sanjay Kumar Mishra, the chief of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), until October 15. This comes after the Supreme Court declared the previous extensions given to Mishra as “illegal.” The government argues that Mishra’s continuance is necessary due to the ongoing Financial Action Task Force (FATF) review, which aims to combat money laundering and terror financing. The government believes that Mishra’s absence would adversely affect India’s national interests. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the matter today.



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