• Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Group Of Ministers Constituted To Draft Law For CBI To make It Autonomous And Insulate From Executive InterferenceLaw enforcement and intelligence agencies of India have been operating in India without proper legal frameworks and parliamentary oversight. Although laws for central bureau of investigation (CBI) and intelligence agencies of India were drafted, they never saw the light of the day. They collapsed in the Parliament and till now neither the CBI nor the intelligence agencies of India are governed by any law.

During the recent Coalgate scam, the Supreme Court was informed that the report in question was shared with the Law Minister of India. The Court felt agitated with this conduct of the CBI and compared it with a “caged parrot”. The Court also set a deadline of July 10, 2013 for the Indian government to point out the efforts it has taken to make CBI transparent, accountable and non partial.

To a great extent the inability to frame a law for CBI can be attributed to political fiasco and PMO’s indifference. Naturally, it is the responsibility of Indian government, as Executive, to do needful in this regard.

Realising the tight situation that Indian government is presently in, it has constituted a Group of Ministers to draft a law for CBI. The proposed law would ensure insulation of CBI from external influences.

It is headed by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and also has External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed, Communicationsand Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy as members. CBI Director Ranjit Sinha will also give his input to the newly constituted GoM.

The Group of Ministers will finalise its findings and draft a law that will be submitted to the Supreme Court before July 10, the next date of hearing of the case.

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  1. [...] As far as CBI is concerned, the Supreme Court of India has given a deadline to Indian government to formulate a law for CBI. Reacting to this deadline, the Indian government has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to draft a law for CBI. [...]