On Sunday Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted a video of his speech at the first-ever conference of investigating officers of the CBI, he said that CBI is no more a caged parrot. He further mentioned that earlier due to corruption of the previous government CBI as an independent body was restricted to work freely, but now the present government has given it the freedom it deserves.
Challenges that the officers used to face in the past are no longer in existence, said the Law Minister.
Mr Rijiju said, “CBI is no more “Caged Parrot” but truly performing its duty as India’s top criminal investigating agency.”
In his address, Mr Rijiju mentioned that earlier the people sitting in the government used to create hurdles and problems in the investigation process. Taking the conversation he said that the Prime Minister is himself playing a lead role in the crusade against corruption.
“I know the difficulties when people in power are involved in corruption; when their compliances which are difficult to be met with… It becomes difficult for the CBI. Then we have heard some unsavoury remarks from the judiciary in the past. We have come a long way now,” the minister said.
It is important to note that in 2013, during the coalfield licences of private companies case, the judiciary was infuriated for using CBI to cover up the wrongdoings of the government and hence called CBI, a “caged parrot.”
On April 1, in a lecture addressing the 19th DP Kohli Memorial CBIJustice of India NV Ramana also expressed concern over CBI’s credibility. He vouched for creating an “independent umbrella institution” to bring various investigating agencies under one roof.