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Centre not in favour of new law for CBI (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

The Central government has turned down the recommendation of a Parliamentary Committee to come up with a new law for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to replace the 70-year-old Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act which governs the agency.

About the report 
The  report of the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, chaired by MP Anand Sharma, strongly recommended that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) revisit “The Working of the Central Bureau of Investigation.”

Burden on CBI
“With cases being referred by States and courts to the CBI for investigation, the Committee acknowledges the burden of load bestowed upon it. It, therefore, desires that the CBI manage its cadre more efficiently and the DoPT should take holistic steps to hasten the part of recruitment in consultation with the UPSC,” said the panel.

Reply of DoPT
In its action-taken reply, the DoPT said the agencyhad grown into a more dynamic and efficient organisation. It also listed the measures taken to strengthen the CBI.

Will impinge federal structure 
A separate statute for the CBI will impinge on the federal structure of the Constitution because it would enable investigation of offences by CBI, which falls under law and order which is a state subject.



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