New Delhi: Expressing disagreement on the Lokpal Bill report tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, probing agency Central Bureau of Investigation said that the proposed bill if passed will seize their functional ability.

The Lokpal Bill report was tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by Abhishek Manu Singhvi in both the Houses here on Friday.

Terming the proposal as a step towards diminishing the functional autonomy of the investigating agency, a senior CBI official said, “We were hoping that the parliamentary panel must have worked on giving more autonomy to the agency but the case remained the same. The proposed bill if passed will seize our functional ability as the issue of political interference has remained untouched by the panel”.

Sources said that the recommendations of the Standing Committee, to seek the approval of the Lokpal for chargesheets, closure or final reports and appointment of CBI’s chief under government’s control, have emerged as the bone of contention for the CBI.

“Such proposals severely undercut our autonomy. We will remain as puppet in the hands of the government and the Lokpal as all forms of decision irrespective of its degree of importance lie in their hands,” senior CBI official said, adding “The House panel must have worked on protecting the agency instead diluting it”.

JPN/Bureau