The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Central Bureau of Investigation have learnt to have contended before the Parliamentary Committee examining the draft Lokpal Bill that any change in the functioning and organisational structure of the anti-corruption machinery would adversely affect them. Team Anna, who is fighting pitched battle with the Central establishment for a strong Lokpal to insulate the governance and its functioning thereof from graft and sleaze, has demanded that the both the CVC and CBI ought to be be brought under the purview of the proposed Lokpal. The plea made by the anti-graft machineries has no merit as it has been proved that both these entities have completely failed to bridle the rampant corruption. If a powerful Lokpal is constituted, anti-corruption wing of CBI and CVC in present form would be redundant. If multiple organizations are working for the same cause, it would be sheer wastage of time and money. The CBI chief, however, tried to prove its contentions before the Parliamentary Committee that the investigating agency is able to fight against corruption, but there is no sense to buy this argument going by its track record. Had the CBI indeed been active to control corruption, the monitoring of the probe of 2G scam would not have been entrusted with the Supreme Court. In fact, the CBI remained mute spectator for a year even after the FIR regarding the 2G scam was lodged. There are umpteenth instances in which the CBI failed to get to the bottom of the issue. Needless to say that the CBI is billed to be autonomous body though, it is compelled to work under the ruling dispensation. The CBI cannot be an effective body until it works without any intervention and pressure, which could be possible only after coming to the purview of strong Lokpal.

The CVC is also akin to the CBI as far as controlling corruption is concerned. The CVC is autonomous but it needs more teeth to work effectively. If it is required to take action against the corrupt officials of these agencies, there is a norm to take permission from the government, which comes after much delay. Truly speaking it is not clear, when the Parliamentary Committee, which is scanning the draft Lokpal, will come to its logical end, but it does not augur well the way the Committee is working. Going by the tone and tenor, it seems that the CBI and the CVC will decide if they have to work under the purview of the Lokpal, though this jurisdiction lies with the Parliamentary Committee. The Parliamentary Committee should ensure that it is well-intended to prepare an effective and efficient Lokpal.