A lot needs to be done to ensure CBI's independence: BJP

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the government still has to do a lot to establish the independence of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Reacting to the Union's Cabinet's decision to give more powers to the CBI, Rudy said, "It's a good beginning and we have won halfway. But I think we have a lot to do as far as establishing the independence of the CBI is concerned especially in the backdrop of what happened in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) intervening in the coal scam in which the name of the prime minister itself figured."

Rudy further said that the Directorate of Prosecution has to be made independent of the government and added that the BJP has also suggested that if the Lokpal is there, then he or she should also be part of the collegium, comprising of the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister and the Supreme Court Chief Justice.

The collegeium will be tasked with the responsibility of appointing the CBI director and instituting an oversight panel to ensure impartial investigations.

The collegium is similar to the one proposed for inclusion in the Lok Pal Bill that is yet to be made into law.

The measures adopted the Cabinet are expected to address several concerns raised by the opposition and will be part of a government response to be placed before the Supreme Court before July 6.

The Supreme Court has asked the government what is preventing it from ensuring that the CBI functions without political interference. (ANI)

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