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Govt mulling introducing provisions for removal of CBI chief

Friday, 3 January 2014 - 2:54pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Government is mulling introducing provisions for removal of CBI Director who gets a fixed tenure of two years after a 1997 Supreme Court order in the Vineet Narain judgement.

A report card released today by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before his press conference says Government is considering several measures for greater autonomy of CBI in which one of the issues is providing provisions for removal of the Director.

The agency is probing several big-ticket corruption cases including 2G, CWG and Coal allocation scams which have proved to be an embarrassment for the government over the last three years.

Last year, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had to resign after it came to light that he along with the officials of PMO were involved in changing the "heart" of agency's draft status report on coal scam.

In the Vineet Narain judgement, the Supreme Court had fixed the tenure of CBI Director to be a minimum of two years so that the officer could work with independence.

"The Director, CBI shall have a minimum tenure of two years, regardless of the date of his superannuation. This would ensure that an officer suitable in all respects is not ignored merely because he has less than two years to superannuate from the date of his appointment," the Supreme Court had held in the order.

The apex court had also said Director can be transferred only in "extraordinary" circumstances with the approval of selection committee comprising Central Vigilance Commissioner with the Home Secretary and Secretary (Personnel) as members.

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