Stating that no minister or ministry is involved in its decision-making process, the CBI has told the Supreme Court that it is not influenced by anyone in prosecution of the Babri Masjid demolition case.
“The decision-making process of the CBI is completely independent. All decisions are taken based on correct facts in the light of the extant law. There is no question of any person, body or institution influencing the decision-making process of CBI or the manner in which it pursues its cases in courts,” the agency said in its affidavit.
It maintained that the criminal manual showed nowhere are ministers involved in any decision-making process in respect of specific cases.
It said that the governing ministry of the CBI is the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, which deals with the broad administerial/budgetary aspects of the CBI.
The agency filed its response to a petition filed by one Haji Mahboob Ahmad against the 2010 order of the Allahabad High Court, which had dropped criminal conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders such as L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and 16 others in the demolition case. Ahmad alleged that the CBI may dilute its stand in the wake of the change in the government at the Centre.
The CBI has already moved the apex court against dropping of conspiracy charge.