CBI part of government, not an autonomous organisation: Ranjit Sinha
New Delhi: Under fire from the Supreme Court over sharing the coal scam probe report with the political executive, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Tuesday maintained that the agency was not an "autonomous organisation" and that he had not shown it (report) to any outsider but to the Law Minister of the country.
"I am a part of the government. I am not an autonomous body. I have not shown it to any outside person. I have shown it to the Law Minister of the country. I will inform the Supreme Court about any situation arising out of that. The decision of Supreme Court will be acceptable," he told reporters.
He was asked about the observations of the apex court that sharing of information with the government about the probe into the scam has "shaken the entire process" and CBI need not take instructions from "political masters" on their probe.
Sinha, in an earlier interaction with reporters during the day admitted that changes were made in the draft report and he gave the full details to the Supreme Court.
Asked by reporters about the contents of the status report submitted to the apex court today, Sinha said the agency has given full details about the original draft and the "amended draft" of the status report including changes that have been brought about and on whose instructions.
To a question whether he takes moral responsibility for the embarrassing position arising out of episode, Sinha said, "I don't think there has been any embarrassment. I think that the honourable Supreme Court has made some observations. We will reply to all the queries that they had raised. I am sure that Supreme Court will take a very reasonable view about the state of affairs."