TMC MP Saugata Roy opposes bills aimed at extending tenures of directors of CBI and ED

News Desk: TMC MP Saugata Roy on Thursday opposed the two bills to extend the tenures of directors of the CBI and ED, saying they will compromise the independence of the two agencies and accused the government of taking the ordinance route to drive its legislative agenda.

The two bills were passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday to extend the tenures of directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate up to a maximum of five years from the present two years.

The Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2021 were passed separately by voice vote after the House rejected various amendments moved by Opposition members on the two bills.

Participating in the debate, Roy said the current director of the ED was to retire on November 17 and three days before his retirement, an ordinance was brought to extend the tenure to five years.

“I oppose the two ordinances. This government has always been following the ordinance route from the first day. Now, he (PM Modi) has taken the step to favour his favorite officers” he said.

Roy noted that the CBI and ED have been accused of catering to the interests of the ruling party and cases have been lodged against the leaders of opposition parties.

“And this was done in a manner, which is like hanging a carrot before a donkey” he said.

“That you get two years now, if you work for me, I will give you another year, if you still work for me, I will give you another year” he added.

Roy said that he has not seen such a “malafide legislation” in his life.

“…This is utterly in violation of all principles of the constitution” he said.

Highlighting CBI’s conviction rate of 68-70 per cent, BJP’s Satya Pal Singh said the Modi government has taken a vow to make India corruption-free.