Fix time frame for graft case probes, CBI tells RS panel

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­gen­dar Sharma

NEW DELHI: The CBI has de­manded time-bound tri­als in cor­rup­tion cases, say­ing such mat­ters should be de­cided by courts within two years since the rich and in­flu­en­tial fac­ing graft charges man­age end­less de­lays in courts to weaken cases against them.

The coun­try's pre­mier in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency, in its pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the Ra­jya Sabha se­lect com­mit­tee on the Lok­pal Bill, stated that it is un­fair to blame it for high value cor­rup­tion cases probed by the agency not re­sult­ing in con­vic­tion of the ac­cused. This has been re­vealed in the doc­u­ments tabled by the panel in Par­lia­ment, along with its report.

Asked about the grow­ing per­cep­tion that the CBI is in­ef­fec­tive in crack­ing cases of cor­rup­tion in high places, its out­go­ing di­rec­tor AP Singh replied :"As far as cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing im­por­tant peo­ple is con­cerned, the only re­sult-ori­ented so­lu­tion is to have time-bound tri- als, which should end in two years."

Singh agreed with the per­cep­tion that tri­als of rich and pow­er­ful are of­ten end­less. "How long a case would drag de­pends on how in­flu­en­tial the ac­cused is, since they can en­gage im­por­tant and costly lawyers," he said.

The CBI chief said there have been in­stances of cor­rup­tion cases be­ing de­cided in courts af­ter 20 years. "Is there any mean­ing of de­cid­ing a case so late?" Singh ob­served.

He said it was im­por­tant to be re­spon­sive to the grow­ing anger in the coun­try against graft and the no­tion about anti­graft cases not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated prop­erly, could only be dis­pelled by en­sur­ing time bound tri­als.

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