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'CBI should be made an independent organisation'

Former CBI director on Monday said the premier investigation agency should be made a 'totally' independent organisation, reports Venugopal Pillai.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 23:48 IST

DR Kaarthikeyan, former CBI director on Monday said the premier investigation agency should be made a 'totally' independent organisation on the lines of the Election Commission of India and Chief Vigilance Commission. He was in the city to attend the CMS Peace summit.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, the former chief of the premiere investigating agency said that it was possible to strengthen the agency only by selecting a right person for the top post. The person, he said, should be gutsy enough not to yield to political pressure.

On the hype about CBI, he said it wasn't so. Instead the people of the country have immense faith in the investigating agency, which is evident in the form of demand for CBI inquiries in conventional cases. "The agency was set up for handling only corruption cases," he said and added but it was now ending up handling all forms of conventional cases handed over to the agency by the High Courts and Supreme Court.

As regards low rate of conviction by the agency, former CBI director defended it with an example — what if a basket meant for containing only two apples is stuffed with 10 and 12? He further said that the officers are loaded with cases.

On time consumed in solving high-profile cases Mumbai blasts and Babri demolition, he reiterated that there were many factors influencing the progress of the investigation including the 150 year old criminal justice system. "We must realize that the population has increased manifold since then," he said and cited an example of United Kingdom, wherein, the similar system gets updated with the need of the hour.

On the police functioning, he said the efficiency of the police could be proved only if depoliticised. About the pathetic condition of lower rung policemen in the country, Kaarthikeyan said there have been efforts to improve the condition of police, but we still need to do more in this direction.

"About 1000 policemen get killed on duty every year," he said.

Kaarthikeyan is also the former Director General of National Human Rights Commission. He called for creating awareness about Human rights among the masses.

Former CBI director has taken the task for farmers in the country. He said every farmer in the country should be getting crop insurance and also minimum support price. About the recent farmers' policy draft by Dr Swaminathan, he said that the basic need of the farmers was insurance and proper price.

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First Published: Dec 11, 2006 23:48 IST