CJI N.V. Ramana: Importance and Need for an Umbrella Institution consisting Probe Agencies

Team SoOLEGAL 7 Apr 2022 10:07am

CJI N.V. Ramana: Importance and Need for an Umbrella Institution consisting Probe Agencies

CJI N.V. Ramana: Importance and Need for an Umbrella Institution consisting Probe Agencies


N.V. Ramana, India's Chief Justice, advocated for the creation of an "independent umbrella organisation" to combine several investigating agencies under one roof on Friday, April 1, claiming that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) acts and inactions have raised issues in some cases.


The CJI, while speaking at the 19th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on CBI Foundation Day on "Democracy: Role and Responsibilities of Investigative Agencies," said that despite the fact that the CBI has many accomplishments to its credit, including some personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice, it is ironic that people are hesitant to approach police in times of despair.


"India’s experience so far has proven that democracy is best suited for a pluralistic society like ours, and our rich diversity cannot be sustained through dictatorial governance."


When it came to the CBI, people had a lot of faith in it in the beginning. In fact, because the CBI was a symbol of impartiality and independence, the judiciary used to be inundated with demands to transfer investigations to it. Whenever citizens had doubts about the skill and impartiality of their own state police, they requested a CBI inquiry because they wanted justice to be served, the CJI remarked.


However, the CBI, like any other reputable institution, has come under intense public scrutiny over time. In several circumstances, its acts and inactions have generated doubts about its legitimacy. The development of an independent umbrella institution is urgently needed to bring disparate agencies like the CBI, SFIO, ED, and others under one roof.


"This body must be established under the authority of a law that clearly defines its powers, responsibilities, and jurisdictions," he said, adding that "such a law will also provide much-needed legislative supervision."


The CJI went on to reiterate that the organisation needed to be led by an independent and impartial authority who would be chosen by a committee similar to the one that chose the CBI's director.


The Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, and the leader of the opposition select the director of the CBI.


In his statement, Justice Ramana stated that allegations of corruption, police abuses, lack of impartiality, and a close relationship with the political class had tainted the image of the police force.


Often, police officers approach us with a complaint that they are being harassed after the change in the regime. When you try to endear yourselves to the powers that be, you will have to face the consequences. " 


According to CJI Ramana, it was necessary to recover social legitimacy and public trust.


According to several newspapers, he stated that "it is critical that all institutions, including the police and investigative organisations, defend and enhance democratic norms" and "not allow any authoritarian inclinations to come in."


Lastly, he also stressed the importance of increasing women's representation in law enforcement so that female victims feel comfortable approaching and reporting crimes.

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