THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be made a totally independent organisation on the lines of the Election Commission of India and the Chief Vigilance Commission, says former CBI director Dr Kaarthikeyan. He was in the city to attend the CMS Peace summit.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, the former chief of the premiere investigating agency said it was possible to strengthen the agency only by selecting the right person for the top post. The person, he said, should be gutsy enough not to yield to political pressure.
On the hype about the CBI, he said it wasn’t so. Instead, he said, the people of the country have immense faith in the investigating agency, which is evident by the repeated requests for CBI inquiries into conventional cases. “The agency was set up for handling only corruption cases,” he said, adding that, it was now ending up handling all forms of conventional cases handed over by the High Courts and the Supreme Court.
As regards the low rate of conviction by the agency, the former CBI director defended this with the following retort: What if a basket with space for only two apples is stuffed with 10 and 12? He said CBI officers were loaded with cases.
On the time consumed in solving high-profile cases like the Mumbai blasts and Babri demolition ones, he reiterated that there were many factors influencing the progress of the investigation including the 150-year-old criminal justice system.
“We must realise that population has increased manifold since then,” he said and referred to the case of United Kingdom, wherein, a similar code is update according to the need of the hour.
On the police functioning, he said the efficiency of the police could be proved only if de-politicised. About the pathetic condition of the lower-rung policemen in the country, Kaarthikeyan said there have been efforts to improve the condition of the police but we still need to do more in this direction. “About 1,000 policemen get killed while on duty every year,” he said.
Kaarthikeyan is also the former Director General of the National Human Rights Commission. He called for creating awareness about the Human Rights among the masses.
The former director of the CBI, has taken up the cause of the farmers in India as well. He said every farmer in the country should be provided crop insurance and minimum support price. About the recent farmers’ policy drafted by Dr Swaminathan, he said the basic need of the farmers was insurance and proper price.