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 trials, 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 anti-graft cases not being investigated properly, could only be dispelled by ensuring time bound trials.