New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere into the functioning of the Group of Minister (GoM) appointed to examine the issue of CBI's autonomy.

The Apex Court’s observation came while hearing a plea of the agency's officers seeking its direction to the GoM to consider Parliamentary panel reports on the issue before making its recommendation.

A bench of Justices BS Chauhan and Dipak Misra noted that they cannot pass such an order.The plea had requested the Apex Court to restrain the Centre from framing new rules for the appointment of officers against the recommendation of the parliamentary committees.

"We cannot pass such order of mandamus to the government. We cannot pre-empt ordinance. Propriety says that it should come before the same bench," the bench said.

The officers, in their petition, have questioned the government for setting up of the GoM and not implementing the recommendations in parliamentary committee reports. They have submitted that the GoM must give them the opportunity to make representations before it.

The GoM was set up after the Apex Court had asked the Centre to bring a law to give the agency functional autonomy and to stop interference in its functioning. The Apex Court also is seized of the matter pertaining to large number of vacancies in CBI.


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