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It is important for the Enforcement Directorate to function in a neutral and independent manner to maintain the public’s trust in its ability to fight economic crimes. Comment.

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

4. It is important for the Enforcement Directorate to function in a neutral and independent manner to maintain the public’s trust in its ability to fight economic crimes. Comment. (250 words).

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article titled “Timely Caution” from The Hindu discusses the Supreme Court’s recent exhortation to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the functions of ED and why it is seen a political weapon and measures needed to counter its politicisation.

Directive:

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by stating the aims and objectives of ED and its mandate.

Body:

In the first part, write about the functions of ED in fighting economic crimes. Substantiate with facts and examples.

Next, write about reasons as to why ED is being seen a political weapon against political rival to settle scores. Mention the impact of the same.

Next, write about the measures that are needed to make it neutral and accountable.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.