The Supreme court on Wednesday told the CBI that it should stand up to all kinds of "pulls and pressures."
A bench of Justice RM Lodha, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Joseph Kurient said: "The Supreme Court has given you strength 15 years ago.You should make yourself solid as the rock but you are like the sand. We want a very professional, very qualitative, very thorough investigation."
It referred to the Vineet Narain verdict that enhanced CBI's functional autonomy, insulating it from political interference.
Upset with the agency for incorporating changes at the behest of the political executive, the bench said: "You (CBI) are not applying your mind in such an important case. There are pulls and pressures. You should have the capability to stand the pulls and pressures."
Reading out the CBI director's affidavit, the bench said the agency should have "denied the invasion, intrusion and incursion."