CJI Ranjan Gogoi Bats For CBI's Independence, Says Investigating Agency Should be Given 'Statutory Status'
CJI Ranjan Gogoi. (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, August 13: The Chief Justice of India, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said on Tuesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be more independent while investigating the high profile cases related to corruption. The CJI also added that the current set up creates impediment in the discharge of cases by the CBI, especially when it comes to political cases. The CJI was speaking at the 18th DP Kohli memorial lecture. CJI Ranjan Gogoi Loses Cool on Growing Number of Pending Cases, Asks 'Where Are The Judges?'

“The CBI should be given statutory status through a legislation equivalent to that of the Comptroller and Auditor General. The legal mandate of the CBI must be strengthened by having a comprehensive legislation addressing the deficiencies within the organisational structure,” said CJI Gogoi. Justice Ranjan Gogoi Sworn-In as New Chief Justice of India; Here’s All You Need to Know About the New CJI.

“With increasing instances of inter-State crimes, an argument could be made to include a public order in the concurrent list for the limited purpose of investigating inter-State crimes,” he added.

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“The constitutional and legal ambiguity that surrounds certain institutions is not entirely overt, but the lack of clearly demarcated spheres of functioning and overlapping areas of influence severely compromise both the integrity and efficacy of an institution.” CBI vs CBI Battle Explained: Why Alok Kumar Verma and Rakesh Asthana are at Loggerheads? How it All Started.

“For instance, under the Delhi Central Police Establishment Act, the conduct of continuance of investigation in the offences committed within the territory of a State, consent of the State is crucial. Here vested interests or bureaucratic lethargy, such consent is either denied or delayed severely compromising the investigation.”

“Additionally, a patchwork of legislations governing the functioning of the CBI adversely affects intra-institutional coordination both horizontal and vertical,” he said.