New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to make efforts to bring law for ensuring the CBI's independence and to insulate it from external influence.

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"We would like the law to be in place before the next date of hearing (July 10). We know that Parliament will not be in session, but there are ways to do it," a bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said.

"The golden day would be if the law is in place and we hope this to be before the next date of hearing," the bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph observed.

The court noted that a query was put in this regard to Attorney General GE Vahanvati. The Attorney General had expressed his agreement with the court's views and said that he will seek instructions from the government for ensuring independence and autonomy of the CBI.

"We wanted to know from Attorney General whether Central government intends to bring some law to ensure independence of CBI, its functional autonomy and insulation from external influence with a view to make CBI a non-partisan agency,” the bench said.

During the day's proceedings, the court had observed that the country as a whole is "virtually in a worse situation" than what it was like 15 years back in 1997-98. It said the "first task to be undertaken", in light of the events taking place, is to ensure the independence of CBI and to insulate it from external interference and intrusion.

The court also said that while the CBI is under the superintendence and administrative control of the government, its investigation aspect "is not to be touched". "Investigation aspect is not to be touched by government and there has to be a law on this aspect. If there is no law, we have to undertake this exercise," the court warned.


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