The government this week filed an affidavit on the autonomy of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Supreme Court.
As per the government’s affidavit, the 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, it said.
An 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 for the post of the CBI director on the basis of seniority, integrity and experience in the investigation of anti-corruption and criminal cases.
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.