CBI must be independent: BSP

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 12:15 hrs

New Delhi: Accusing the Congress-led government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday said the investigative agency must be independent of the government.

''We all know how CBI is being misused by the central government. So we want the CBI to be independent and not under the administrative control of government,'' BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Misra said while speaking during the debate on the Lokpal bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The BSP leader said both - the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-led national Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had misused the CBI.

''Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in his speech in the house has accepted that there are instances where CBI has been misused. Had CBI been independent, the case (of corruption) against BSP chief Mayawati would have been closed long back, after it was proven that there was no evidence against her. But the central government continues to stretch it,'' he said.

He said that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) should also be made independent of the government.

Like Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition, Misra spoke strongly in favour of the spirit of federalism conveyed by the constitution and said that the central government had no right to impose laws, like the appointment of a Lokayukta, on states without the concurrence of the state assemblies.

The BSP on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha shortly before the voting on the Lokpal Bill, in protest against the government bringing a 'weak' legislation.

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