The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should work independently like the Election Commission of India (ECI), says Madras high court on Tuesday.
“CBI should function independently like Election Commission. The funds required for the CBI should be allocated in the budget within a year,” said a bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and P Pugalendhi in their judgement while hearing a plea seeking a CBI probe into an alleged financial fraud of Rs 300 crore in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The high court said that the Central Government should consider enacting the necessary legislation for the CBI to function as an autonomous body. The judgement said that the CBI Director should be empowered to report directly to the Minister and the Prime Minister with exclusive power like the Cabinet Secretary and should act alone without being under the administration of the Central Government.
“The CBI should be provided with the modern facilities and technologies, like Federal Bureau of Investigation of the US and Scotland Yard of the UK,” the judgement said. The basic infrastructure, constructions, residential facilities, and technical facilities required by the CBI should be completed within six weeks, the judgment further said.
“The policy decision on the recruitment of persons with expertise in cyber and forensics and financial audit should be made within six weeks and actions should be taken to fill the vacancies,” the HC added.