Autonomy: CBI chief says don’t view our demand with suspicion

We are an important pillar of criminal justice system, said Ranjit Sinha.

New Delhi | Updated: March 31, 2014 6:05:28 am

The CBI should not be perceived as being “anti-national” or wanting to be above the law by seeking more functional and financial autonomy, agency Director Ranjit Sinha said in New Delhi on Sunday.

“CBI, or for that matter, any police force of the country is an important tool of criminal justice system of this country. Why should the demand (of more autonomy) be viewed with suspicion?” he asked. Sinha, who has been supervising probes in various scams, including coal blocks allocation and those related to defence and 2G, spoke about the problems faced by the police forces, including the lack of trust from public.

Sinha, an IPS officer of 1974 batch, talking to PTI, said, “It was a sad day when people in the government spurned my suggestion for granting more autonomy to the CBI. We are not anti-national. We are an important pillar of criminal justice system… I don’t know why was it seen as a show of supremacy of the bureaucracy over the investigating agency.”

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