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The role of CBI has time and again been questioned, and it has been criticised to work under the influence of the ruling party. Its image of being an unbiased and uninfluenced investigating agency has been tainted several times.The investigating agencies have become instruments to further the political agenda of the state and central governments. The state governments are apathetic to police reforms; the central government is indifferent to giving insulation to the CBI.

More recently  the Honourable Supreme Court of India excoriated the CBI for allowing the government to access a report on its coal investigation to the government before it was submitted to judges last month. In a clear example of how the people in power to a great extent influence the central agency.

In response to which the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha maintained that the agency was not an "autonomous organisation".

There have been instances like the SP Supremo Mr Mulayam Singh alleging  that the government is using the agency to blackmail it to support the bill for reservation in promotions and numerous other occasions when the ruling party has blackmailed other parties into bailing it out of tricky situations.

The 1984 Sikh Massacre has been a mother of cover-ups, with successive investigative processes being stalled by the ruling party and the alleged perpetrators walking free till date. 

A former Chief of the Bureau, U S Mishra, recently said that the premier investigating agency functions like a department of the government without any real autonomy. He elucidated that in the investigation of cases against prominent political persons “there are influences to keep the progress report pending or present it in a certain way”.  Mishra further said that he faced this predicament while supervising the disproportionate assets cases against Mayawati and Mulayam Singh and the Telgi scam.

It has all been due to the lack of a fully autonomous investigating body that can deliver what is expected of it uninfluenced externally.Its high time the CBI be given teeth providing it the much required insulation. It is necessary that a separate Act is legislated to define the organisational framework, functions and powers of the Central Bureau of Investigation and that the organisation is vested with statutory powers on the lines of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Such a step would ensure autonomy in the real sense of the term to the CBI and go a long way in ensuring the independence, objectivity and impartiality of the organisation.

Signed,

Shalabh Som

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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It is necessary that a separate Act is legislated to define the organisational framework, functions and powers of the Central Bureau of Investigation and that the organisation is vested with...

It is necessary that a separate Act is legislated to define the organisational framework, functions and powers of the Central Bureau of Investigation and that the organisation is vested with statutory powers on the lines of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Such a step would ensure autonomy in the real sense of the term to the CBI and go a long way in ensuring the independence, objectivity and impartiality of the organisation.

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