CBI to press for complete functional autonomy

CBI is likely to press for "complete functional autonomy" while it may advocate superintendence by the proposed Lokpal.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2011, 21:07 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI is likely to press for
"complete functional autonomy" while it may advocate
superintendence by the proposed Lokpal when the agency`s Chief
appears before the Parliamentary Standing Committee looking
into the issue on September seven.

CBI Director A P Singh may 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 which should be
vested "with all powers to meet the financial, administrative
and legal requirements of CBI," he said.

PTI