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CBI officers drag own agency to Supreme Court

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 16, 2013
First Published: 22:08 IST(16/5/2013) | Last Updated: 02:12 IST(17/5/2013)

At a time when the CBI is faced with credibility crisis, a group of its own officials on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking transparency in the promotion policy and a chance to appear before the newly set-up group of ministers to review the agency’s functioning.

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The fresh application filed through advocate Kamini Jaiswal is likely to be mentioned before the vacation bench of the Supreme Court on Friday, seeking a stay on the CBI’s notification on the promotion police expected soon.

The officials have pointed out that the CBI continues to have a large number of vacancies and is increasingly getting officers on deputation from state governments and other departments, which hampers the career prospects of those directly recruited to serve the investigating agency.

Referring to the newly formed GoM to recommend measures for insulating the CBI from political interference, the officials have demanded that all the nine parliamentary committee reports on improving the agency’s functioning and granting it autonomy should be placed before the GoM.

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“Due opportunity should be granted to the representatives of directly recruited CBI cadre officers (petitioners) to submit relevant representations in person and in writing to the GoM in the interest of the institution,” states the application.

They have also demanded that the CBI and the government should be restrained from issuing any notification which might affect the career prospects of directly recruited officers till this case is finally decided by the Supreme Court.

The petitioners have requested the top court to direct the CBI to make public the exact number of vacancies under the direct recruitment quota for the post of deputy superintendents of police so that these posts could be filled up.

What has happened so far:
Oct 2012 : Supreme Court expressed concern at the large number of vacancies in CBI

Feb 2013 : A group of officers filed a fresh petition in the SC on flaws in the functioning and recruitment policy of CBI.

May 2013: SC directed the CBI to respond to the points raised by its officers, who alleged that the agency was trying to replace its directly recruited officers with those coming on deputation from states and other departments.


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