New Delhi: The Centre will file its affidavit before the Supreme Court on Wednesday explaining measures to insulate CBI from external influence which includes forming a panel of three retired judges of the Apex and High Courts.
The affidavit, which was approved by the Union Cabinet last week, gives financial powers to the CBI director equivalent to director generals of other paramilitary forces.

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On insulating CBI's investigation from political interference, the affidavit is likely to suggest formation of an accountability committee comprising retired judges who will oversee the independent functioning of the probe agency. The affidavit is likely to suggest a new mechanism for the appointment of the director (prosecution) which is at present a Law Ministry appointee, official sources said.
A collegium comprising Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition among others for selection of CBI director is also likely to be a part of the government's recommendations. The government is also considering amendment to Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, which governs the functioning of the CBI, to accommodate the suggested changes, the sources said.
However, one of the key demands of CBI to remove Section 6 (A) of the DSPE Act has not been accepted by the government. The section mandates prior permission from the government for CBI before conducting an investigation or enquiry against a joint secretary and above level officers. The Supreme Court will hear the matter on July 10.

Recommendations of GoM
1.Constitution of a panel of retired judges which would monitor the investigations undertaken by the agency to ensure that these probes remain free from any influence

2.To increase the financial powers of the CBI director


Government had on May 14 formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) under the chairmanship of Finance Minister P Chidambaram after scathing observation of the apex court on the functioning of the CBI while hearing coal block allocation scam case.
The Supreme Court had indicted CBI for being a "caged parrot" of its political masters while hearing the case and directed the government to make an effort to come out with a law to insulate CBI from external influence and intrusion. "...CBI has become a caged parrot. We can't have CBI a caged parrot speaking in master's voice. It is a sordid saga where there are many masters and one parrot," the Apex Court had said during a hearing on May 6.
The court's observation had come following an affidavit from CBI Director Ranjit Sinha who admitted to have shared a draft coal block allocation probe report with former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and two joint secretaries – Shatrughna Singh and A K Bhalla -- in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Coal Ministry respectively.
The GoM, which met three times, has finalized its recommendations on June 24 which were approved by Union Cabinet on June 27. CBI, which is probing irregularities in allocation of coal mine blocks on the direction of CVC, has so far registered 13 FIRs in the matter.
The agency has questioned two former officials as witnesses who were posted in the PMO during the period 2006-09 with regards to coal blocks allocated during the period.


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