The Central Bureau of Investigation ‘identified’ around 2,200 ‘corrupt’ senior central officers in 2015, registering cases against 101 of them, said the agency’s director Anil Sinha.
The number of cases, registered against “gazette” officers, in 2015 was 94% higher than the corresponding figures for 2014, said Sinha. In 2014, the CBI had registered 52 cases after a similar exercise, which usually employs physical and technical surveillance, against such officers.
As part of its crackdown on “corrupt” officials, the CBI also registered 67 cases in 2015, which was 56% more than the 2014 figure.
Sinha said that “fighting corruption and crime” effectively and in accordance with “correct” procedures has been his topmost priority, from the time he took charge of the agency over a year ago in December 2014.
When asked for details on the 101 cases and the officers under the scanner, another senior officer declined the request, saying “surveillance-related details can’t be disclosed.”
“We have also given high priority to complete pending investigations. We have filed 1,044 chargesheets in 2015, which is the highest in the last five years,” said Sinha while interacting with reporters at the agency’s headquarters. “The mood of the people in the country is to fight corruption and crime, if CBI will not side with them, who will? This is what that the CBI is doing as the premier anti-corruption agency,” said Sinha. In the backdrop of the Bank of Baroda scam involving sending of ` 6,000 crore illegal remittances it is probing, the CBI will also consult the Indian Banks Association to fine-tune a strategy on pre-empting such crimes in future, he said.
Asked about the agency’s constraints, Sinha cited the shortage of manpower as states are not keen on sending their officers on central deputation. He said that at the cutting edge levels, the staff crunch is “critical”