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Government to look into legality of CBI says PM

Manmohan Singh

PM said the government will look ‘seriously’ and ‘promptly’ into the legality of CBI

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government will look ‘seriously’ and ‘promptly’ into the legality of CBI in the wake of some questions being raised about the legitimacy of the investigation agency.

Addressing a CBI conference on tackling corruption, he also asked probe agencies to tread cautiously when it was handling cases related to policy decisions.

Against the backdrop of the Gauhati High Court verdict declaring the agency as ‘unconstitutional’, Singh said, “Our

Government will look into this seriously and promptly. The Government will do all that is necessary to establish the need for the CBI and its legitimacy, and protect its past and future work.”

“This is a matter that will undoubtedly have to be considered also by the highest court in the land,” he said at XXth Conference of CBI and State Anti Corruption Bureau on Common Strategies to Combat Corruption and Crime.

The Supreme Court on Saturday had stayed the High Court order, saying accused in ‘sensational cases’ have sought halting of the criminal proceedings based on the judgment.

Singh said investigations into cases of policy making and administration should be done with great care.

The Prime Minister said economic reforms of 1990s have triggered fast economic growth which has brought about rapid changes in the country and the process will continue with the expansion of the economy.

“The march of globalization driven by quick advances in technology is breaking down geographical boundaries. These powerful forces of change that are instrumental in creating greater prosperity are also throwing up new areas of crime and corruption as also adding to the complexity of the existing crimes,” Singh said.

He said the answer lies in even more reforms and better regulation.

“To keep pace with the aspirations of the people for clean and transparent governance and also deal with the increasing complexity of economic offences, our government has taken several legal and administrative measures in the last nine years,” Singh said.

On the occasion, Singh gave President’s Police Medals to six CBI officers–Superintendents of Police LM Manjhi and M S Hazari, Additional SP DS Dagar, DSP SK Tripathi and Inspector Dilip Chakraborty.

He also released a commemorative stamp on the Golden Jubilee of CBI.


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