CBI ‘made to’ share Coalgate report with government
Times View : Make CBI autonomous
The perception that the CBI is used by the government of the day to browbeat/blackmail political rivals and protect its own has gained ground to such an extent that only the incurably naive believe it’s neutral. Corruption cases are initiated, buried or resurrected depending on whether a politician, businessman or government officer is in or out of favour with the ruling dispensation. The CBI director’s admission in court that he shared the contents of a draft report with the very people in this government who were under investigation not only smacks of impropriety, it reinforces the agency’s reputation of being a handmaiden of its political masters. For the CBI to be fair, credible and effective, it must be allowed to function without interference. Such a proposal has been made time and again – most recently during the campaign for an effective Lokpal. Not surprisingly, it has been vigorously opposed by the people in power. The time has come for the agency to be made truly autonomous under law.