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New Delhi :

Congress leader Jaya Thakur approached the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging the extension of the tenure of Enforcement Directorate (ED) director Sanjay Kumar Mishra for the third time.

He argued that the democratic process of the country is being destroyed by increasing the tenure again and again.

It has also been alleged in the petition that the central government is destroying the basic structure of democracy by misusing enforcement agencies against its political opponents.

Filed through Advocates Varun Thakur and Shashank Ratnu, the petition states that the disputed extension of tenure of Respondent No. 2 (Mishra) is destroying the democratic process of the country, hence this writ petition has been filed, which is sought to be disposed of in the interest of justice. Can be accepted in interest.

The Congress leader said that the Supreme Court had passed a clear order that Mishra's term would not be extended further, but the Center gave him a second extension from November 17, 2021 to November 17, 2022.

After this he filed a petition on which a notice was issued.

It is stated in the petition that during the pendency of this writ petition, the respondent No.1 granted third extension to the respondent No.2 from 18th November, 2022 to 18th November, 2023 which shows that the respondent No.1 has to comply with the rule of law. Have no respect.

Earlier, on November 18, Supreme Court judge Justice SK Kaul recused himself from hearing petitions challenging the amended law to extend the tenure of the ED director to five years.

It is noteworthy that a day before that Sanjay Kumar Mishra was again given one year extension as ED chief.

A batch of petitions, including those filed by Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Jaya Thakur, Trinamool Congress's Mahua Moitra and Saket Gokhale came up for hearing before the bench.

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