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With government constantly pushing its favourites into CBI, more reforms needed to ensure agency’s autonomy

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The 1997 Vineet Narain judgment was the first Supreme Court mediated effort to insulate the CBI from political interference. It gave the CBI director an assured two year term. This was formalised through the Central Vigilance Commission Act of 2003 which also gave statutory backing to the Supreme Court order to form a selection committee comprising three central vigilance commissioners, home secretary and another secretary from cabinet secretatiat to select CBI director.

It was also written into the Act to have this committee in consultation with the CBI director approve appointments to CBI at SP level and higher. Then came the Lokpal Act of 2013 and the high powered........

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