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“Why CBI performs better in apolitical cases?” asks CJI Ranjan Gogoi

“The Supreme Court has issued guidelines to protect the functioning of the CBI from widespread political interference,” CJI Ranjan Gogoi said. 

 

New Delhi| Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday raised a question why CBI performs better whenever the case is apolitical. He was talking at an event of CBI. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, in the 18th edition of DP Kohli Memorial Lecture conducted after a gap of two years, spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the agency. He also said, “It is true that in many high profile and sensitive cases the agency has not met the standards of judicial inquiry.”

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He said that I have no doubt that this institution has sufficient capacity to deal with any situation.

“During the investigation, the agency should not see what the status of a person is. The Supreme Court has issued guidelines to protect the functioning of the CBI from widespread political interference,” CJI Gogoi said.

At the same time, CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla said on Tuesday that whenever there is a demand for a fair investigation in complicated cases, then people demand a CBI inquiry. He said that the agency has the trust of the government, the judiciary and the people. Welcoming Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to DP Kohli’s 18th Memorial Lecture, he said that the CBI has always tried to discharge its responsibilities with dedication. Kumar said that the Supreme Court and the High Court have played an important role in helping the CBI and showing the way.

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Due to developments in the past few years, CBI was called a “Toothless Tiger”. Ranjan Gogoi’s concern seems to have stemmed from the same.

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