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India vows to free police agency from political meddling

Published on Jul 4, 2013 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's scandal-hit government promised in court on Wednesday to reform the country's top police agency to give it greater independence as it carries out politically sensitive corruption investigations.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), nominally independent but long suspected of being under government influence, was rebuked by the Supreme Court earlier this year which called it a "caged parrot".

CBI investigators probing alleged graft in the government allocation of coal mining licences admitted sharing a report on the case with officials in the law and prime minister's offices before it was presented in court.

The CBI has undertaken several high-profile graft investigations in the second term of the government, including into the coal scandal, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the allocation of telecom licences.

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