CBI to be free of free of government interference: Govt sources

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New Delhi/June 25
Amid allegations of political interference into the functioning of India’s premier investigating agency CBI, Indian government is mulling to make CBI free of government interference and providing it with financial autonomy.
As per reports, a GoM panel constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the directions of Supreme Court of India, is mulling to bring law to provide it functional and financial autonomy.
Sources said that government is likely to recommend constitution of Accountability Committee comprising retired judges that will oversee the CBI investigations pertaining to graft or any other significant matter and ensure that it is insulated from external interference.
Indian Law Minister Kapil Sibal has confirmed the move and said that Group of Ministers (GoM) chaired by Finance Minister P Chidambaram will place the recommendations before the cabinet on June 27.
Sibal said that the central government believes in the principle of the Constitution that there should be no interference of government or any other agency in the probe carried out CBI or any other agency and is committed to bring accountability along with autonomy.
As per the recommendations, CBI will be provided financial autonomy like that of CRPF and the government is adding an element of accountability but the CBI will not be answerable to the government.
The proposed recommendations will be tabled before Union cabinet on June 27 and after cabinet clearance, these will submitted in Supreme Court on July 6 while hearing on the matter is scheduled for July 10.
Sources added that Sibal Sibal on Monday held a meeting with CBI director Ranjit Sinha regarding the proposed recommendation and although the agency did not make an independent presentation but its concerns were incorporated in the presentation made by DoPT.

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