This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Indian government has submitted an affidavit to the apex court after been accused of interfering with the Central Bureau of Investigation probe. On Wednesday, the government submitted a 41-page proposal to the Supreme Court, explaining the means of liberalizing the CBI from political strains.
The proposal states that the appointment of CBI director will be left to the discretion of Prime Minister and a committee including the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India (or a Supreme Court judge). Maximum tenure of a CBI director will only be stretched to two years. The document further suggests that the transfers of investigating officers will be left to the discretion of a panel of the CBI Director and two senior officers.
However, the CBI has not been given the authority to hire its own lawyers, instead, the government has suggested that it confers with the Law Ministry and if the discrepancies remain, the Attorney General can assume the role of a mediator.
Earlier the Supreme Court had learned that senior lawmakers directly interfered with a certain CBI report prior to its submission to the judges of apex court. The incident asked for immediate action and the apex court strictly advised CBI officials to remain neutral under all circumstances.
“The heart of the report was changed on the suggestions of government officials. The CBI has become the state’s parrot,” Justice RM Lodha said.