After its persistent attempts to free the “caged parrot” CBI from unwarranted control of politicians and executive, the Supreme Court Monday set out to accord “more teeth” to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) — the institution created under the law with power of superintendence over the CBI.
The endeavour, however, witnessed a role reversal of the CBI, which emerged as the main opponent to granting more authority to the CVC. The court had called upon the CVC to explain its understanding of the term “superintendence” over the CBI in the wake of clamour that CBI’s reports in the coal block allocation cases must be vetted by an independent authority. It had earlier passed a slew of directives to unshackle CBI from executive’s control after it came to light that the agency shared its probe report with a former law minister and others.
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