CVC, CBI chiefs meet PM over Lokpal

Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar and CBI Director A P Singh are understood to have raised concerns over the present form of the proposed anti-corruption bill and sought its redressal.

New Delhi: The heads of CVC and CBI on Wednesday
met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss various issues
related to the proposed Lokpal bill.

Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar and CBI
Director A P Singh are understood to have raised concerns over
the present form of the proposed anti-corruption bill and
sought its redressal.

Sources, privy to the development, said that Kumar had
objected to the proposed inclusion of `Group C` employees
comprising clerical staff under the CVC ambit.

"The CVC directly advises action in vigilance matters
related to Group A and B employees. Whereas, it supervises the
proceedings by concerned departments in matters related to
employees under Group C and D.

"The group C employees are overall supervision of the
Commission. The proposals to have their direct control will
require more manpower and official resources. The Commission
in its present form may have difficulty in dealing with it," a
source said.

Kumar is understood to have proposed widening the scope
of work of the Commission to the prime minister.

Sources said that there may be conflict of interest
between CVC and Lokpal as both will have powers to probe any
complaints of corruption involving Central government
officials including those working in banks and public sectors.

"There has to be a proper division of work between the
CVC and the Lokpal. The powers of two bodies should not be
made contradictory to hamper probe in corruption cases," the
official said.

Whereas, the country`s premier investigating agency has
expressed unhappiness over many issues related to the Lokpal
saying many of the clauses would severely impair the
functioning of the investigating agency.

In its letter to the Department of Personnel and
Training, the CBI said the proposed move to make preliminary
inquiry by Lokpal mandatory before giving cases to CBI will
"severely impair" effectiveness of the agency in anti-
corruption cases as it would lose the "surprise element" to
carry out search operations.

Sources said the CBI director raised the matter with the
prime minister during their meeting.

According to the letter, the agency at present gathers
information from various sources and plans and executes a
search operation to collect documents and evidence. But if the
preliminary inquiry by Lokpal is made compulsory and if the
suggestions would be implemented, the agency will lose the
"surprise element" to carry out such operations.

The agency also cited lack of enthusiasm about the
recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Lokpal Bill that all complaints of corruption cases which are
in the nature other than trap cases shall first be scrutinised
by Lokpal by holding a preliminary inquiry.

The CBI also made a strong pitch for ensuring that its
legal authority and operational effectiveness are not diluted
when the proposed Lokpal becomes a reality.

Sources said that Singh has listened to the heads of the
CVC and CBI and assured to resolve their concerns.
"The meeting was satisfactory," the source added, when
asked about the outcome of the meeting.

PTI

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