New Delhi, April 3
The CBI is no longer a “parrot in a cage”, but is truly fulfilling its duty as India’s leading criminal investigation agency, Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju has asserted, saying there was a time when people in government sometimes became a problem in investigations.
He also said the challenges some officers had faced in the past no longer exist.
In a tweet on Sunday, Rijiju said, “CBI is no longer a ‘caged parrot’ but is truly performing its duty as India’s leading criminal investigative agency.” He also shared a short video of his speech on Saturday at the CBI’s first-ever investigators’ conference.
In his address, Rijiju said that “there was a time, I remember very well, that people who sit in government sometimes become a problem in the investigation.”
He said today that there is a Prime Minister who himself plays a leading role in the crusade against corruption.
“I know the difficulties when people in power are involved in corruption; when their compliances are difficult to respect… It becomes difficult for the CBI. Second, we have heard unsavory remarks from the judiciary in the past. We have come a long way now,” the minister said.
During a 2013 hearing in the coalfields award case, the Supreme Court called the CBI a “parrot in a cage”.
Addressing the CBI’s 19th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on April 1, India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana said the CBI’s credibility had come under intense public scrutiny over time , as his actions and inactions have raised questions in some cases.
He had also called for the creation of an “independent umbrella institution” to bring together various investigative agencies under one roof.