Team Anna supports CBI on Lokpal

CBI, which has expressed unhappiness over various issues related to Lokpal, on Wednesday got support from Team Anna which said the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee were dangerous and should be rejected.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 11:57 AM IST

New Delhi: CBI, which has expressed
unhappiness over various issues related to Lokpal, on Wednesday got
support from Team Anna which said the recommendations of the
Parliamentary Standing Committee were dangerous and should be
rejected.

"We support CBI`s protest and believe that the Standing
Committee`s report is dangerous and should be rejected," Team
Anna member Arvind Kejriwal told reporters here.

He said the recommendations, if implemented, will cripple
the functioning of CBI.

"Preliminary enquiry is being made compulsory in all
cases which may warn the corrupt that he is under CBI radar
and allow him to protect himself before a raid takes place. We
support CBI`s argument and they are rightly protesting the
recommendations," Kejriwal said.

He accused the government of using Hazare`s campaign to
dilute the role of CBI.

His comments came as CBI wrote a letter to Department of
Personnel and Training, saying the proposed move to make
preliminary enquiry 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 in the agency said.

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 enquiry 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 PE.

PTI