GoM to draft law to insulate CBI from external influence

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 14, 2013

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s scathing observations on CBI, the Government has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to draft a law to insulate the investigating agency from external influence.

The GoM, headed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, has External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy as members, official sources said.

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha will also give his input to the newly constitued GoM.

The Group of Ministers will deliberate on ways to further strengthen CBI’s autonomy and safeguard it from any kind of outside interferences, they said.

The Government’s move came after the Supreme Court had rapped the CBI for being a “caged parrot” of its political masters while hearing a case related to alleged irregularities in coal blocks allocation.

“...CBI has become a caged parrot. We can’t have CBI a caged parrot speaking in master’s voice. It is a sordid saga where there are many masters and one parrot,” it has said during a hearing on May 6.

The court’s direction has come following an affidavit from CBI Director, who admitted to have shared a draft coal blocks allocation probe report with former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and two joint secretaries —Shatrughna Singh and A.K. Bhalla — in the Prime Minister’s Office and Coal Ministry, respectively.

The apex court had also asked the Government to make an effort to come out with a law to insulate CBI from external influence and intrusion.

The group will finalise its findings and draft a law which will be submitted to the Supreme Court before July 10, the next date of hearing of the case.

CBI, which is probing the irregularities in the allocation of coal mine blocks on the direction of the Central Vigilance Commission, has so far registered 11 FIRs in the matter.

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Published on May 14, 2013
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