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CBI files affidavit in SC on autonomy

The CBI on Tuesday told the SC that its director should be given a minimum three-year term instead of two with a rank equal to a secretary and sought more financial autonomy, while rejecting Centre’s proposal for an accountability panel for it.

Contending that administrative and financial powers of the CBI director are ‘limited’, the agency said more is needed to be done than what has been proposed by the Centre to ensure autonomy and insulate it from extraneous influences. The agency submitted that its director be vested with ex-officio powers of secretary for reporting directly to the minister without having to go through DoPT.
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