New Delhi: CBI today issued fresh guidelines for its officers asking them to take permission of the Additional Director or above before beginning investigation against any joint secretary and above rank officers in the government.
The direction comes in the wake of a recent Supreme Court judgement which struck down the provision of seeking mandatory prior approval by CBI of the government to probe against officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above.
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, who had termed it as a landmark judgement, however, had a word of caution to its officers and said “those found guilty of abusing their authority will be dealt with severely.”
Sinha had said the order had added more responsibilities on CBI as a proper mechanism had to be put in place to ensure that no innocent is subjected to this provision. “We have strengthened our already existing mechanism and due diligence will be done before questioning any senior officer,” he had said.