UPA scams can be traced till PM's doorstep: BJP

Allahabad, Aug 3 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesman Siddharth Nath Singh on Saturday said that the Congress Party would never be interested in granting complete autonomy to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) because scams of the UPA regime can and might have reached the doorsteps of the Prime Minister's Office.

"The reason they don't want autonomy of CBI is because of their monumental scams like 2-G, Coalgate and Commonwealth. They don't want a fair investigation and prosecution to happen because the scam goes to the doorsteps of the Prime Minister," he said.

"If they were interested in the autonomy of the CBI, the Lokpal Bill would have been passed by now. And, that is the reason Supreme Court said that 'the parrot is caged'," he added.

Singh further said that his party is of the opinion that the autonomy of CBI is important to uphold democracy and democratic values in this country.

He also suggested that that a committee should be formed to look after the appointment and removal of CBI officials.

"A Director of Investigation should be appointed and there should be a separate Director of Prosecution and it is important that the appointment should also be through a collegium," he said

Singh also said that the Government should not have any powers in the direct removal or appointment of the officials and it should always be through a collegium.

The Centre on August 2 rejected in the Supreme Court the CBI's demand for complete autonomy stating that an all-powerful CBI Director without adequate checks and balances would not be in consonance with settled constitutional principles and it would always carry the risk of potential misuse.

"Government is duty bound to protect its citizens against misuse of power and arbitrary action by any institution. Authority without accountability will be draconian." it said.

According to reports, in an affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection with the coal blocks allotment case, the government rejected the demand that the CBI director should be on par with a secretary in the Central government or that the agency deserved more administrative and financial powers for insulating it in its day-to-day functioning. (ANI)

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