Its suggestion on CBI ignored, BJP targets govt on Lokpal

Faulting the government for ignoring its suggestion related to providing autonomy to the CBI under the Lokpal Bill, the BJP on Thursday expressed apprehensions over the government's commitment to make the CBI free from political interference.

"The BJP had suggested to provide security of tenure for the CBI director along with provisions to deny allurement of post-retirement jobs to the director. It has not been accepted, clearly indicating that the government is not serious about granting autonomy to CBI," BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said in party's "preliminary" response to government's decision to move the amended Lokpal Bill in the Budget session.

Accusing the Congress of indulging in political intereference through transfer of investigating officers, he also voiced his party's objection towards provision not granting Lokpal a say in the transfer of CBI officers investigating the cases referred by the anti-graft body.

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