press trust of india
New Delhi, 11 August
The CBI has given a point-by-point rebuttal of the Centre&’s proposals on its autonomy before the Supreme Court, strongly opposing the government’s suggestions on the appointment, powers and tenure of its Director.
In its 19-page submission, the agency said the Centre’s proposals were “a contradiction to give functional autonomy” and “violative of the very principles of natural justice.” The government in its proposal has rejected the “pre-condition” of taking the view of the outgoing CBI Director in
the appointment of its new chief.
It has also not agreed to increase the tenure of the Director from two years to three years.
The Centre in its affidavit dated August 2 had also refused to agree to the CBI’s demand to give its Director the status of ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India, saying that issues
of parity had to be kept in mind.
“It is not desirable to create a new precedence which would create heartburn and dissension among similarly placed organisation,” the Centre had said.
According to the agency, “Taking the view of the outgoing Director in appointing a new Director is a statutory provision in existence (CVC Act, 2003). The Centre wishes to take it away while terming it as a precondition that is not acceptable,
whereas it agrees to incorporate the same by an executive order.”