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The Supreme Court, while examining the affidavit submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with coal scam, on Wednesday sought an undertaking from the government that the investigative agency would be made independent. The court, however, also added that giving unbridled powers to the CBI was not a possibility. The court said it will step in if CBI was not made an autonomous body.

"The CBI has become a caged parrot speaking in its master's voice. It's a sordid saga that there are many masters and giving unbridled power to the CBI is not possible. The CBI has become the police force and is in the administrative control of the Central government. CBI investigations have to be independent," the SC said in its observations.

The SC added that if a law was in the offing which would protect the CBI's impartial investigations, then it will not pass any orders but if there was no such move, then "we will step in".

The SC came down heavily on the government saying that after 15 years of the Vineet Narayan judgement, the "situation in the country has become much worse as far as CBI autonomy is concerned."

The apex court also slammed Attorney General GE Vahanvati and former Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval during the hearing.

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