The Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) is taking a strong cognizance against the corrupt officials in the government. The agency has claimed that they have identified 2,200 corrupt officials in 2015 and have started investigations against them.
The CBI said there was a 94 per cent increase in crackdown against the corrupt in the country from 2014. CBI director Anil Sinha said that they have begun investigations against these corrupted officers. The anti-graft agency has registered 101 FIRs against these officials till now.
Sinha said that there are expectations associated with their agency that they will take action against the corrupt and they are working in that way. The CBI director said that their prime focus is on conducting free and fair investigations. He reiterated his commitment of completing all the pending investigations which are with the investigation agency, and make effort to the curb the menace of corruption from the country.
In 2015, the CBI had registered 101 graft related FIRs after getting complaints about the corrupted officials asking bribe to grant favours. In 2014 the number was 52.
Talking about the achievements of the agency, Sinha said that the CBI managed to file 1,044 chargesheets in 2015. This number was the highest by the agency during the last five years. Those who are being charged on the corruption charges are Naveen Jindal, A Raja, Virbhandra Singh and other political personalities.
Sinha said if their agency will not help then whom people will ask for help. He said that the CBI has registered cases against 67 officials for disproportionate assets which was an increase of 56 percent to 2014.
The agency has also claimed that they have done well in 62 international operations (cases where one part is investigated outside). They have brought back 42 criminals to the country to face the law which is an increase of 91 per cent from 2014 when only 22 such absconders were deported or extradited.
In the previous year, the CBI has issued letter rogatories for overseas investigations as well. Sinha also said the shortage of staff in the agency is one of the major concern as states were not ready to relieve officers for central deputation. “At the cutting edge levels, which are DIG, SP, DSP, the staff crunch is at critical levels.” Earlier, one official used to handle one case, now they are solving three or four cases at a time which is putting pressure on them,” he said.
The agency from 2009 and 2012 has registered 2,246 cases under different sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.