SC best forum to take view on CBI’s independence: Director

SC best forum to take view on CBI'sGHAZIABAD: With questions being raised on independence of CBI after it “shared” its status report on coal blocks allocation probe with the Law Minister, agency Director Ranjit Sinha today said the apex court is the best forum to take a view on the issue.

He refused to say whether any changes in the status report were made on the suggestion of the minister.

“We have already filed it (affidavit) in the Supreme Court and now it is in the public domain. I don’t have to say anything more about that,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the investiture ceremony of sub-inspector cadets.

When specifically asked whether he feels that independence of the agency was compromised in sharing the report with the Law Minister and officials, Sinha said, “On this issue, I think honorable apex court is the best forum. They can take a view on this.”

Asked whether any changes in the status report on probe in coal scam were made on the suggestion of law minister, he said, “I will disclose everything before the apex court and before telling them I do not wish to share anything with general public.”

He also dismissed questions about his meeting with Minister of Personnel V Narayanasamy a day ahead of filing the affidavit in Supreme Court saying there is no bar on such interaction with the Minister

“He is our minister. What is the harm in meeting him.

There is no bar from meeting him. I keep on meeting him. This is routine work,” he said.

Sinha today submitted before the Supreme Court that the agency’s status report on coal allocation scam was “shared” with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar “as desired by him” and that senior officials of PMO and Coal ministry had also seen it.

The affidavit filed on the direction of the apex court contradicted the claim made by CBI counsel on March 12 that the report was not shared with any member of the government.

“Now it is in open and admitted before the Supreme Court how Congress is misusing CBI for political purposes,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar alleged. Sinha was the Chief Guest at the investiture ceremony of the 16th batch of sub-inspector cadets comprising 77 cadets including three women making it the largest batch to pass out from the CBI academy here.

The sub-inspectors joining CBI came from a diversified background with 10 engineers, five B.Tech degree holders in computer sciences, one a law graduate and eight MBA.

Six former bank officials, four auditors and 10 from different services such as Railway, Postal, Intelligence Bureau and CISF have also chosen CBI as their future career path, according to agency statement.

The officers joining at sub-inspector level can reach the highest post of Superintendent of Police in the present structure of the agency.

“All of you passing out today will be happy to know that CBI today is a fast expanding organization and the bottlenecks which were there earlier are being removed to facilitate quick and time bound promotions.

“Sub-inspectors are getting their first promotion as inspectors within four years. I expect that 50 per cent of you will retire as Superintendent of Police,” Sinha said while addressing the gathering.

He also gave awards to best ranking cadets on the occasion. While Ritesh Dangi was adjudged all round best cadet, Jogender Singh won best in outdoor trophy, Sukhwinder Singh as best sportsman, Ritesh Dangi as best indoor cadet, Ajit Singh as best cadet in Computer Forensics, Pawan Kumar as best in law and Ajay Kumar Mishra as best shooter. –PTI

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