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Govt committed to ensure no interference in CBI probe: Sibal

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Union Minister for Law and Justice Kapil Sibal addresses the media in New Delhi. File photo
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Union Minister for Law and Justice Kapil Sibal addresses the media in New Delhi. File photo

The government on Monday said it is committed to ensure that there is no interference in investigations carried out by CBI or other agencies and that autonomy should come with accountability.

The Group of Ministers constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on appropriate law being made to provide for the independence of CBI and its functional autonomy, as directed by the Supreme Court, concluded its hearing on Monday and would place its recommendations before the Cabinet on June 27.

Emerging from the one-and-a-half-hour-long meeting in which CBI Director Ranjit Sinha was also called to present his point of view, the Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters that once Cabinet gives its views on changes proposed by the GoM, an affidavit would be submitted before the Supreme Court in this regard on July 6.

“We have decided and that is fundamental principle of the Constitution that there should be no interference of government or any other agency in the probe carried out CBI or any other agency. We are committed to that. We feel that there should be accountability along with autonomy,” he said.

He said the group would move the Cabinet on June 27 for the changes that will be made “to ensure that there is no interference, whatsoever, in the processes of investigation” of the CBI either by government or by any other authority.

The government’s move came after the Supreme Court had indicted CBI for being a “caged parrot” of its political masters while hearing a case related to alleged irregularities in coal blocks allocation and directed it to make an effort to come out with a law to insulate CBI from external influence and intrusion.

Chaired by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, the GoM also includes External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy.

In Monday’s meeting Mr. Khurshid was not present, sources said.

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we are not interested in plain talks, we want action. Make CBI and other
agencies as constitutional and with more funding to execute their work
in professional way..

from:  lenin
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 18:35 IST

The independency in the functioning of the CBI should be coupled with accountability. An appropriate agency should be created to monitor and review the functioning of the premier investigation agency. The proposed agency should comprise of the Prime Minister, The Home Minister, The Home Secretary, A judge of the Supreme Court, The leaders of the opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the Central Vigilance Commissionioner. The agency should ensure that there is no inordinate delay in the investigation of the critical cases and in which responsible public figures, Judicial officers and the elite including the film stars and prominent businessmen are involved.

At the same time, The Supreme Court also should create an agency to monitor the working of the courts to ensure the timely disposal of the CBI cases. It is not out of place to mention here that several cases in which the elite are involved are pending for decades and the accused continue to enjoy power.

from:  K V Laxmi Prasad
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 00:10 IST

No doubt govt is not interfering. Only netas and babus interfere. Why not make CBI a constitutional body?

from:  Gokul
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 00:00 IST

History has seen lot of such empty statements and what happened after. any average educated indian would understand what our minister talks about.

from:  RAJ
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 23:39 IST

He is right as long as it persecutes with corrupt cong's opponents

from:  vaidya kesavaiyer
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 22:28 IST

This is really a welcome and revolutionary move by the govt

from:  Rahul Deo
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 22:10 IST

Is it possibe in India?

from:  Rajeev Kumar
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 21:59 IST

CBI is not Central Bureau of Investigation since it rarely does any
investigation. It is in fact Congress Buearu of Intimidation. If you do
not believe ask Mayawati and Mulayam.

from:  n.r.singh
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 21:25 IST

The government was committed for Lokpal also. How can we trust such a government
which cannot stand by its own word?

from:  Prabodh Prakash
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 20:44 IST

Kapil Sibal is a good lawyer whose main strength is in confusing an issue and thus making his client's case a success. The present case is to give independence to the top investingating agency to do their work in a hassle-free atmosphere away from the various political pressures today or in the future. It is nobody's case that the agency has no accountability nor that it will become one such in the future for each and every agency in the land is accountable to the Constitution.Even at the height of his stands, Mr. T.N .seshan as Election Commissionerwho was the only and main pinprick to the Congress govt. then, always acted within his defined powers. So let this Gom be honest and arrange to let this Organisation to do its job well and honestly and not indulge in histrionics about issues not related.

from:  L.Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 19:47 IST
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