New Delhi: In the light of the Supreme Court’s fresh ruling over changes in the law governing the CBI to make the agency autonomous, government on Wednesday said that it will soon bring a bill in the Parliament in this regard.

"We have already discussed the matter in the Cabinet. The Cabinet has cleared the proposal that we had made for the amendments to the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946. Now the time has come for us to move a bill," Law Minister Kapil Sibal said.

The Apex Court on Wednesday had said that the law on CBI’s autonomy will have to be amended and that Parliament must debate and approve suggestions made by the Centre to liberate the agency from political interference.

Speaking further over the matter, the Minister added that the bill will be drafted on the basis of the affidavit cleared by the Cabinet. He said while the government will bring the bill as soon as possible, the processes of Parliament will decide where the matter will go.
"It’s the proposal of the government, but it is ultimately Parliament which will enact the law," he said, adding that the bill will be moved after the Apex Court decides on the affidavit.
"That's the commitment to the court that we will amend the law. We must honour the commitment," he said.
Listing the measures to insulate CBI from external pressures, government had told the Supreme Court that the agency director will be appointed on the recommendation of a three member-panel headed by the Prime Minister and including the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India or a nominated judge - for a period of ‘not less than two years’.


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