The Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to deploy officers in the Supreme Court registry.
CBI Director, Rishi Kumar Shukla who has confirmed the imminent deployment of his officers said that the Supreme Court has asked them to send officers on deputation. However, the director has refused to share details of how many officers and of which rank are likely to be deputed as the apex court by the central anti-corruption agency.
There are diversing rationales being offered for the request.
According to an official who is familiar with the development said that the CJI has asked for officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and even inspectors who will be tasked to monitor activities within the registry to ensure that there is no preference shown in the listing of cases and employees do not leak information to lawyers and perhaps even verifying the credentials of employees who are posted in the registry.
This is the first time that CBI officers will be deployed in the Supreme Court.
Moreover, the CBI is already legally empowered to investigate any form of corruption across the country but it doesn’t have powers to investigate anything related to the higher judiciary without the permission of the top court itself.