588 Cases Pending Investigation By CBI For Over A Year: Government

As many as 588 regular cases (RCs) were pending investigation for over a year by the CBI as on December 31, 2020, Parliament was informed by Central Government. As on 31.12.2019, CBI had 711 number of regular cases pending investigation for over a year; whereas, the figure of such cases as on 31.12.2020 was 588. There were six such cases against political persons in 2020, according to the reply. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probes complex and voluminous cases against public servants, firms, banks, private persons, which at times pertain to very old transactions or incidents, the minister said. Many of these cases involve an investigation spread over several states and Union territories. Moreover, cases also remain pending for considerable time for want of expert opinion, execution reports of Letter Rogatories, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty(MLAT) etc. that are sent for collecting evidence as well as for investigation in foreign countries. Of the sanctioned strength of 7,273 posts, 5,899 were filled in CBI. Of the 5,000 posts of executive ranks, 4,171 were filled. There was an actual strength of 284 and 66 against the sanctioned strength of 370 and 162 for the legal and ministerial ranks respectively, the reply said. Of the 1,671 posts of ministerial ranks, 1,353 were filled. Seven officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) were arrested in the last three years, Parliament was also informed.

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