The Supreme Court Friday refused to interfere in the functioning of the GoM examining the issue of Central Bureau of Investigations autonomy and turned down the plea of the agencys officers for a direction to it to consider parliamentary panel reports on CBI before making its recommendation.
A Supreme Court Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra declined to hear the plea of a group of CBI cadre officers who moved the apex court to restrain the Centre from framing new rules for the appointment of officers against the recommendation of the parliamentary committees which have suggested building of a strong CBI cadre and to reduce dependence of deputation.
The judges while noting that they cannot pass such an order,said the officers can approach the apex court Bench,which is seized of the matter pertaining to filling up vacancies in the CBI after the courts vacation,for redressal of their grievance. We cannot pass such order of mandamus to the government. We cannot pre-empt ordinance, the Bench said,adding,Propriety says that it should come before the same Bench.
The officers,in their petition,have questioned the government for setting up of the GoM and not implementing the recommendations in parliamentary committee reports. They have submitted that the GoM must give them the opportunity to make representations before it.
Under the garb of the direction of this court,the government which has deliberately disregarded and failed to take into consideration various reports of parliamentary standing committees,has arbitrarily set up a GoM, advocate Kamini Jaiswal,appearing for the CBI officers,said.