Delivering the annual DP Kohli Memorial Lecture organised by the CBI, Gandhi said the ‘RTI-trained public’ won't accept corruption and ‘it will expect, prod and make the CBI an instrument of change’.

"It is important, therefore, that the CBI establishes a partnership with the people of India," he said, addressing an audience that included former and present directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Gandhi pointed out that the CBI came under the RTI act for a short time.

"The heavens did not fall during that time. But the triple wrappings of opacity, secrecy and mystery made it move to be taken out of the purview of the RTI Act,” he said.

"This is a great pity. The CBI is about investigation into corruption and certain crimes. It is not (a) security or intelligence agency. And even if some aspects of its investigation needed protection against disclosure, there are enough provisions under the RTI Act's exemption clauses to have come to the CBI's aid,” he added.

"But to remove the CBI from the purview of the RTI Act altogether is, to my mind, not just un-transparent but unwise and ultimately harmful to the CBI's future as a people's partner in the resistance to corruption and crime. The CBI has nothing to lose and everything to gain by partnering (with) the pole of India," Gandhi said.

(Agencies)

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