CBI may oppose its division before Parl Panel
The Director has consulted senior officials of the agency and come to the conclusion that "the Director, CBI should continue to exercise the final police powers to decide a case.
New Delhi: CBI is likely to oppose any
division in the organisation and demand complete functional
autonomy and superintendence by the proposed Lokpal when its
Chief A P Singh appears before the Parliamentary Standing
Committee looking into the issue on Saturday.
Singh, whose previous appearance before the Committee
was deferred, is likely to give a detailed presentation about
the views of the agency on the relationship with the proposed
anti-corruption body, sources said.
He is likely to convey to the Parliamentary panel the
agency`s view that it should be retained in its present form
as "the only premier investigating agency for corruption
cases" while the Lokpal can be given all such powers because
of which "interference is said to be caused" in its
functioning, official sources said.
"The underlying theme in both the draft Lokpal bills is
to confer more autonomy on the investigation agency so as to
insulate it from interference. This kind of autonomy and
independence can be given to the CBI by conferring Lokpal with
all such powers because of which interference is said to be
caused in functioning of CBI," a senior official said.
Singh may seek a working relationship with Lokpal on the
lines of CVC and CBI like "superintendence at an arm`s length"
with the proposed anti-corruption watchdog being vested "with
all powers to meet the financial, administrative and legal
requirements of CBI," he said.
The Director has consulted senior officials of the agency
and come to the conclusion that "the Director, CBI should
continue to exercise the final police powers to decide a case.
"The Lokpal could instead have an enquiry wing under it
for conducting fact-finding enquiries in matters that it may
deem fit and entrust investigation to CBI, if it so warrants,"
the official said.