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Faced with strong criticism from top government quarters over the CBI’s attempts to question policy decisions, its director Ranjit Sinha on Wednesday struck a conciliatory note saying the agency will “positively contribute” to find a balance.
Sinha made these comments at the concluding session of the three-day function to mark the CBI’s golden jubilee celebrations.
Minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy said any decision taken in good faith could not be equated with a crime.
Narayanasamy, whose department has the administrative control over the CBI, echoed the views expressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram over the last two days.
“If an officer of the government takes a decision in the interest of the nation in good faith, we have to see the decision taken as being a bona fide one and therefore it does not constitute crime,” the minister said.
He said investigating a case of corruption was a very responsible work. “Life times of reputation earned by a public servant can be dented by one minor mishandling during the investigative work.”
Narayanasamy said although the C&AG (Comptroller and Auditor General) had recommended auction of natural resources, one could not auction off water and air which, too were natural resources.
The CBI director, who on Tuesday had said that policy makers could not flout rules in the name attaining a higher rate of economic growth, appeared to have mellowed down.
“Friends, an important question has been raised during the conference on defining the limits of criminal investigation. We see the issue in the context of the changing reality of our country and will positively contribute to find an equilibrium that is in consonance with the requirements of justice,” he said.
Sinha said weak regulatory framework was the main reason behind scams in allocation of natural resources.