The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday complained to the Supreme Court of facing extreme ‘babudom’ among several other hurdles in its day-to-day work and asserted the need to work free from the clutches of bureaucracy.
Advancing arguments on behalf of the CBI, senior advocate Amarendra Sharan said, “We (CBI) need freedom from babudom... It is because everything which we are seeking is returned and every proposal has to pass through head clerks.”
The CBI informed the bench headed by Justice RM Lodha that attaining functional autonomy has been road blocked due to the Centre, which is opposed to vesting the CBI director with the ex-officio powers of secretary.
The court asked the Attorney General to clarify the government’s stand on whether the CBI director can directly report to the minister concerned without going through the department of personnel and training (DoPT). As of now, the CBI has to approach the DoPT to get approval for all official work, including sanctions for funds. The DoPT then reviews them and, if found substantial, passes it on to the concerned ministry.
“What happened to the proposed amendment (in the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act)? Many Bills have been passed by the Parliament, was any Bill introduced relating to the autonomy of the CBI?” the bench asked Vahanvati, who said there was no such Bill was passed in the monsoon session but they’re still working on it.
Meanwhile, the court has given two weeks’ time to the Centre to come out with a formal order in this regard and has also allowed the CBI to add three more investigating officers in its 36-member team probing the coal block allocation scam for completing the time-bound task.