New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday 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.

Unshackling CBI: How govt intends to do it

The Centre had on July 3 filed a 41-page affidavit in the Supreme Court elaborating on the steps needed to bring autonomy in the functioning of CBI. 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.

The Apex Court also asked the CBI to come with their view on the affidavit filed by Centre.

The Apex Court, however, expressed satisfaction with the government proposal on setting up a panel for the appointment of the CBI Director. The panel would include the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, and the Chief Justice of India. The proposed panel, headed by the Prime Minister, 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.


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