CBI Should Have Direct Recruitment at Inspector, DSP Level: Parliamentary Panel

There should be a provision for direct recruitment to the posts of Inspector or Deputy Superintendent of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation, a parliamentary panel has recommended in its report tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has said that there are a total of 1,025 cases pending with the CBI, of which 66 have not yielded any conclusion even after five years. If taken care of manpower requirements can be reduced effectively.

In its latest report, the committee noted that there is no provision for direct recruitment of candidates above the rank of sub-inspector in the CBI.

CBI has sanctioned 480 posts of Sub-Inspectors to be filled through direct recruitment, promotion and departmental examinations in the ratio of 70:15:15.

The report recommended that “there should be a provision for direct recruitment of candidates to the rank of Inspector of Police/Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)”.

The posts of Inspector, DSP and ASP are filled through limited departmental competitive examination by promotion or deputation and in various proportions.

Data published in the report showed that as of January 31, 2022, the CBI had 1,025 cases pending investigation, of which 66 cases were pending for more than five years.

The data also shows a decline in cases registered by the CBI annually.

From around 1,000-1,150 cases registered by the CBI during 2012-17, the number is set to drop to 600-900 between 2017 and 2021.

The central agency was also looking into a staggering 10,232 cases pending trial in 2021.

The agency has shown a decline in the number of cases that resulted in conviction of the accused, the report showed.

From 743 cases that resulted in conviction in 2012, the number decreased to 544 in 2018, 467 in 2019, 169 in 2020 and 202 in 2021.

“As on March 31, 2022, 19 cases under investigation by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and High Courts were stayed,” the committee said.

The Committee expressed concern that some cases are pending for more than 20 years.

“Therefore, the committee recommends that the CBI should set up a case management system to track the progress of the case and take it to its logical conclusion. This will not only speed up disposal of cases, but also enhance transparency and promote accountability in the functioning of the agency.”

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