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Madras High Court Orders To ‘Free Caged Parrot CBI’

New Delhi: The Madras High Court said on Tuesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be an autonomous body reporting only to parliament.

“The CBI should have autonomy as that of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, who is only accountable to Parliament,” the court said while advocating for the agency’s autonomy and independence.

The court said in its 12-point instructions overhauling the current system, “This order is an attempt to release the Caged Parrot (CBI)”.

It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had described the agency as “caged parrot” during a hearing of the Coalfield allocation cases in 2013. The BJP, which was in the opposition at that time, alleged that the agency was being controlled by the Congress-led government.

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