New Delhi: Amidst a heated political discourse on the alleged misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by parties in power, the country's premier probe agency would celebrate 50 years of its founding at a function in New Delhi on Saturday. President Pranab Mukherjee will unveil the Golden Jubilee
logo and deliver the 14th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on 'Good Governance: Empowering Institutions, Society and Public'.
Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav recently raked up the issue of the CBI allegedly being used by the ruling party against the Opposition. "It's not easy to fight with the government. It has thousands of hands and can use CBI and put one in jail)," he had said. The allegations of misuse of CBI were strongly refuted by Minister of Personnel V Narayanasamy.
"This has been a political issue raised by various political parties. In our government, we have never, never misused our authority or position for the purpose of arm twisting any of our alliances. The CBI has been functioning independently," he said. Several former directors who have headed the agency - whose motto is "excellence, commitment and distinguished service" - during the last 50 years would be felicitated by the President on the occassion.
The annual DP Kohli Memorial lecture is organised in honour of CBI's founder director, who headed the agency from 1963-68. He was also the head of Special Police Establishment, forerunner of CBI, from 1955-963. President Mukherjee would also present Police Medals for Distinguished Services to CBI officers and the DP Kohli Award for the Best Detective Constable of the agency.