Several roadblocks such as the Centre still being averse to vesting its Director with ex-officio powers of Secretary existed which was hamstringing the agency's independence, it said.
"We (CBI) need freedom from babudom, Everything, which we are seeking, is returned and every proposal passes through head clerks," senior advocate Amrendra Sharan, who is representing the CBI, said.
Sharan said that the Centre has not accepted its proposal that its Director be vested with ex-officio powers of Secretary where he reports directly to a minister, without having to go through the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
However, the Supreme Court agreeing with the proposal, asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to make a statement on this and also clarify if the government is coming up with a bill to free the CBI from the influence of external forces.
Vahanvati has sought more time, saying he has to seek instructions from concerned authorities.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-09-2013)