New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized on Tuesday that the identity of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) director is less significant. If anyone is assuming, the role would be vigilant against the widespread corruption prevalent within a privileged group of entitled dynasts.
Shah’s statement came shortly after the Supreme Court declared the third extension granted to ED Chief Sanjay Kumar Mishra as illegal, limiting his tenure to July 31.
Amit Shah dismisses celebration of SC’s decision on ED chief’s tenure
The home minister dismissed those celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision on the ED case, labeling their jubilation as unfounded for several reasons. He highlighted that the amendments to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, duly passed by Parliament, have been upheld.
Shah reiterated that the powers of the ED to combat corruption and bring wrongdoers to justice remain unaffected. As an institution, the ED transcends any individual, remaining steadfast in its core objective of investigating money laundering offenses and violations of foreign exchange laws.
“Those rejoicing over the Hon’ble SC decision on the ED case are delusional for various reasons: The amendments to the CVC Act, which were duly passed by the Parliament, have been upheld. Powers of the ED to strike at those who are corrupt and on the wrong side of the law remain the same,” Amit Shah posted on his official Twitter handle.
“ED is an institution which rises beyond any one individual and is focused on achieving its core objective – i.e. to investigate offences of money laundering and violations of foreign exchange laws. Thus, who the ED director is – that is not important because whoever assumes this role will take note of the rampant corruption of a cozy club of entitled dynasts who have an anti-development mindset.” he added.
Those rejoicing over the Hon’ble SC decision on the ED case are delusional for various reasons:
The amendments to the CVC Act, which were duly passed by the Parliament, have been upheld.
Powers of the ED to strike at those who are corrupt and on the wrong side of the law…
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 11, 2023
The home minister’s remarks underscore the government’s commitment to tackling corruption and ensuring the ED’s effectiveness in upholding the law. The Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Mishra’s tenure extension serves as a reminder of the judiciary’s role in upholding accountability and adherence to legal principles.
Amit Shah reassures that ED remains focused to unveil financial irregularities
The focus remains on uncovering and prosecuting those involved in financial irregularities and unlawful activities. Moving forward, it is crucial to maintain transparency, strengthen investigative procedures, and foster collaboration among various agencies to effectively combat corruption.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement reiterates the government’s commitment to eliminate corruption and a transparent and accountable system that fosters development and progress. While the identity of the ED director may change, the fight against corruption remains unwavering.