‘Need Freedom from Babugiri’: CBI tells SC
The CBI asserted in the Supreme Court that the investigating agency needs to be freed from clutches of bureaucracy
New Delhi: Facing hurdles from the Center on its way to attain autonomy, the CBI today asserted in the Supreme Court that the investigating agency needs to be freed from clutches of bureaucracy. It told the apex court that road blocks are still there on its way to attaining functional autonomy.
Senior advocate Amrendra Sharan said while pointing out hurdles faced by the agency at every stage in its administrative functioning. He maintained that the CBI needed freedom from babudom. When a bench headed by Justice R M Lodha asked why he was so much against the bureaucracy, he said “it is because everything which we are seeking is returned” and “every proposal passes through head clerks”.
The apex court, which was in agreement with CBI’s proposal that its Director be vested with ex-officio powers of Secretary for reporting directly to the Minister without having to go through the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), asked the Attorney General G E Vahanvati to make a categorical statement in this regard.
The Attorney General told the bench that he can only make a statement after seeking instructions from the concerned authority as senior advocate Amarender Sharan, appearing for the CBI, submitted that the Centre was not agreeing to the agency’s proposal in this regard or for vesting the Director with the power to appoint Special Counsel.