Amidst Opposition's criticism that the government influences the CBI, former CJI RM Lodha on Saturday said that the investigative agency should be insulated from political executive.
"The premier investigating agency has to be given independence. Time has come for it to be insulated from political executive. As long as the political executive continues to have control, whoever is in power, these type of things will occur," said Justice Lodha.
Referring to the ongoing CBI dispute between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana, Justice Lodha reiterated that the mess will continue to grow until the CBI works autonomously, he added.
The panel, on Thursday, had transferred Verma from his current post to the Director-General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. The panel took the decision two days after the apex court reinstated him as the CBI chief.
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