CBI autonomy: Govt files affidavit, 3-member collegium to appoint director



Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday filed an affidavit on the autonomy of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Supreme Court.

Here are the main points according to the affidavit:

- CBI director will be appointed by a collegium comprising Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India.

- The CBI director can be removed only after the orders of the President.

- Accountability commission will be set up by the government to entertain queries and complaints and enquire into allegations of corruption involving the CBI director.

- The CBI director will have a term of not less than two years.

- The proposed collegium shall recommend an IPS officer to be the CBI director on the basis of seniority, integrity and experience in the investigation of anti-corruption and criminal cases.

The final hearing in this case is on August 10.

The affidavit that was submitted by the government was earlier cleared by a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

The GoM was constituted following the orders of the apex court. The Centre was given time till July 3 to work on giving greater autonomy to the CBI.