Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed concern over sensitive investigations increasingly becoming subjects of running media commentary, often on the basis of material that is not otherwise in the public domain.

Speaking at the opening of the three-day international conference organised by the CBI, Dr. Singh said: “What is almost as distressing is that sensitive investigations are increasingly becoming subjects of running media commentary…No one can appreciate better than this gathering of experts that confidentiality is in the interests of the integrity of an ongoing investigation.”

This was precisely the thought process behind exempting the CBI from the RTI Act. “I hope that, as responsible profession-als, you will be able to reflect on this issue in the correct perspective,” he said.

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