The CBI has sought appropriate directions from the SC to vest its director with ex-officio powers of secretary of government of India as already enjoyed by three police officers including secretary of Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW).
The agency’s demand is among a set of measures suggested in an affidavit to the apex court on Tuesday to “ensure functional efficacy and insulate its investigation from outside interference”, cutting red tape and delays, which can be “implemented by issuance of executive orders.”
The CBI director is already in the grade and pay scale of a department secretary and the government’s proposed procedure for his appointment involves a “unique and high-powered collegium” that makes it a “different and exclusive organisation”, says the affidavit.
“Already three police officers, secretary of R&AW, secretary of internal security wing in home ministry, and secretary of security, are vested with the powers of a department secretary,” said a source.
He said, “The grant will empower the CBI director to put up disciplinary matters in respect of delinquents to the DoPT or the PM and enable CBI to conduct overseas probe, order for attachment of property, etc, without the ministry’s approval.