London: Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by him will work towards giving CBI "functional autonomy".

Chidambaram's comments came three days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the high-powered Group of Ministers (GoM) to finalize a plan of action to secure the autonomy of the CBI.

"We will give CBI functional autonomy and we will assure CBI will have a large degree of functional autonomy in matter of investigation," Chidambaram said.

"But all over the world--all bodies are accountable to somebody--they are accountable to executive, they are accountable to the legislature, they are accountable to the courts. I think what we have to do is to ensure that no one interferes with the investigation by the CBI that's what we have to ensure and I am confident my group will assure that,” he said.


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