Parliamentary panel recommends new law to define power, functions of CBI

Source: The post is based on the article “Parliamentary panel recommends new law to define power, functions of CBI” published in The Hindu on 25th March 2023

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The Parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice has submitted its recommendations on the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI).

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What are the recommendations given by the Parliamentary Committee on the functioning of CBI?

Enact a new law: According to the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment(DSPE) Act, the consent of the state government is a prerequisite for any investigation by the CBI and as of date, nine states have withdrawn the general consent.

– The committee said that the DSPE Act has many limitations and therefore, recommends that there is a need to enact a new law.

— The new law should define the status, functions and powers of the CBI and also lay down safeguards to ensure objectivity and impartiality in its functioning.

Fill up Vacant posts: Vacant posts in the CBI are not being filled up at the required pace. For instance, a total of 1,709 posts are vacant in the CBI against its sanctioned strength of 7,295.

– The committee recommended that every effort should be made to fill up vacancies at the earliest.

– It also said that the director of CBI should monitor the progress made in filling up vacancies on a quarterly basis and take necessary measures to ensure that the organization is sufficiently staffed.

Bring in Transparency: The committee ​​said that the details of cases registered with the CBI, the progress made in their investigation and the final outcome are not available in the public domain.

– It also observed that the annual report of CBI is also not accessible to the general public.

– Therefore, it recommended the CBI to publish case statistics and annual reports on its website.

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