CBI wants more functional autonomy

CBI wants that it should be given more functional autonomy and the process for selection of its chief should be made more "transparent".

New Delhi: As the debate goes on over bringing
CBI under the ambit of proposed Lokpal, the investigating
agency wants it should be given more functional autonomy and
the process for selection of its chief should be made more
"rigorous and transparent".

The agency is making a strong pitch for ensuring that its
legal authority and operational effectiveness are not diluted
when the proposed Lokpal becomes a reality, CBI sources said.

Claiming that CBI is capable of handling the menace of
graft in the country, they said it should be the "natural
choice" for investigating corruption cases.

"In fact, this is the opportune moment to instill greater
functional autonomy into CBI while retaining its present
structure and independence," a senior official not willing to
be quoted said.

The officials said as prescribed by the Supreme Court in
Vineet Narain case, selection of Director CBI may be made from
a panel of serving IPS officers on the basis of seniority,
integrity and experience in investigation and anti-corruption
work.

The officials also suggested that the Selection Committee
that finalises a name for the post of CBI Director, may be
reconstituted to include the Prime Minister, Leader of
Opposition and any other Constitutional authority.

"Further, a fixed longer tenure for Director, CBI would
also act as a strong safeguard against interference and foster
more accountability," said another official.

Team Anna member Kiran Bedi had advocated bringing the
CBI under the ambit of Lokpal yesterday saying it would make
anti-corruption efforts more effective.

PTI

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