New Delhi: The Central Government on Wednesday filed a 41-page affidavit in the Supreme Court elaborating on steps to bring out autonomy in the functioning of Central Bureau of Investigation. This affidavit was filed in response to the query made by the Apex Court on CBI’s autonomy. The Apex Court had asked the government what steps it would intend to take in upholding its autonomy and insulate it from political interference.

According to the affidavit, the appointment of the CBI Director will be done by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court Judge. The Prime Minister will be the chairman of the committee. The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act will also have to be amended for this, it added.

The CBI Director would have a term of not less than two years.

The proposed committee shall recommend a name of IPS officer to the post of CBI Director on the basis of seniority, integrity and rich experience in the investigation of anti-corruption and criminal cases.

The Apex Court was upset with the government after CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had submitted an affidavit stating the draft probe report in the allocation of coal blocks which was shared with the political executive, including the then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, besides officials in the Coal Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office.

(JPN/Agencies)

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