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Cabinet approves proposal to enhance powers of CBI


Arunima,CNN-IBN
Jun 27, 2013 at 10:22pm IST

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to enhance powers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). According to the sources, CBI Director in future is to be approved through a collegium.

The Cabinet cleared the proposal of the Group of Ministers which was constituted to suggest measures for the independence and functional autonomy of CBI.

The Group of Ministers chaired by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and comprising Law Minister Kapil Sibal, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy had concluded its deliberations on Monday.

The government's move to constitute the GoM came after scathing observations of the Supreme Court on the functioning of the CBI while hearing the coal block allocation case.

The Supreme Court had indicted CBI for being a "caged parrot" of its political masters while hearing a case related to alleged irregularities in coal blocks allocation and directed it to make an effort to come out with a law to insulate CBI from external influence and intrusion.

"...CBI has become a caged parrot. We can't have CBI a caged parrot speaking in master's voice. It is a sordid saga where there are many masters and one parrot," the Supreme Court had said during a hearing on May 6.

The court's observation had come following an affidavit from CBI Director Sinha who admitted to have shared a draft coal block allocation probe report with former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and two joint secretaries - Shatrughna Singh and AK Bhalla - in the Prime Minister's Office and Coal Ministry respectively.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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