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Who’s The Dick Here?

The CBI’s official ‘status’ up for debate

Who’s The Dick Here?
Reuters (From Outlook 02 December 2013)
Who’s The Dick Here?
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Not In The Book

  • Central Bureau of Investigation (1946) Set up by the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act
  • Intelligence Bureau (1947) Under MHA, no constitutional/statutory status Planning Commission of India (1950) Set up by a resolution of GoI
  • National Law Commission (1955) Under the ministry of law and justice. First Law Commission was formed in 1955.
  • Central Water Commission Apex organisation came into existence as ‘Central Water and Power Commission’ in 1951. CWC was separated in 1974
  • National Human Rights Commission The ‘quasi-judicial’ body was set up under Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993
  • National Advisory Council (2004) An advisory body chaired by the UPA chairperson for the PM of India
  • National Knowledge Commission (2005) Advisory body to the PM of India

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The Central Bureau of Investigation, in the last few years, has earned many epithets, most of them a bit unfavourable. The words “parrot”, “pet” and “sco­u­rge” have all been bandied about but perhaps the unkindest cut has been the latest one. A recent judgement of the Guw­ahati HC ruled that the CBI was a non-constitutional body. The Supreme Court has passed a stay order on the ruling, but it’s sparked off a debate on the question of key bodies lacking a clear constitutional status.

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