CBI Should Get A Statutory Status: CJI

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that the premier investigation agency of the country, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should get a statutory status through legislation to free it from administrative control.

Gogoi said that the statutory status should be equivalent to that of the national auditor, the Comptroller & Auditor General and advocated administrative and financial autonomy for the agency.

Participating at an event organized by CBI on Tuesday, Gogoi said that it is one of the few investigative agencies that have managed to carve out a special place for itself adding that “Why is it that whenever there are no political overtones to the case, the CBI does a good job?”

He also stated that the public attention is more often than not drawn to failure than success of any public institution. He further said that it is true that the agency has not been able to meet the standards of judicial scrutiny in a number of high-profile and politically sensitive cases but it is also true that such lapses may not have happened infrequently adding that such instances reflect systematic issues and indicate a deep mismatch between institutional aspirations, organizational design, working culture and governing politics.

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