‘Such an appointment is bound to cause interference, compromise our independence’

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday strongly opposed any move to appoint amicus curiae to assist judges hearing the coal-block-allocation case on the grounds that it would impinge on the investigating agency’s independence.

Making this submission before a three-judge Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph, senior counsel Amarendra Saran said: “Appointment of amicus curiae is not acceptable to us as it would amount to supervising the probe. It is bound to [cause] interference in the ongoing probe. It would compromise the independence of the institution if the probe report [is] shared with the amicus curiae. The report is meant for the court and no other person [should] be allowed to go through it.”

Mr. Saran argued that when the court had saidthe status report should not be shared even with the Attorney-General, it would not be proper for an outsider to sit in judgment. However, Justice Lodha sought to allay counsel’s concerns and said it would merely monitor — not supervise — the probe.

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