CBI is 'weak' in securing prosecution: Manmohan

Asserting that his government would never interfere in the professional work of CBI, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday voiced concern over the investigating agency's "weak record" in securing prosecution and conviction.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 03:11 IST

Asserting that his government would never interfere in the professional work of CBI, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday voiced concern over the investigating agency's "weak record" in securing prosecution and conviction.

"Our government is committed to non-interference in professional work and autonomy of CBI," Singh said adding, "I sincerely urge all political parties and patriotic citizens to adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption".

The Prime Minister also expressed concern that CBI's record in securing prosecution and conviction of offenders was somewhat weak and asked the CBI to address issues of image, morale and brand building.

"I often hear that the CBI takes far too long a time to complete its investigations. How far is this true, I cannot say, however, you need to seriously ponder over this issue and take appropriate remedial measures," he said while laying the foundation stone for a CBI building here.

He termed corruption as a "social cancer" which was eating into the vitals of the country's institutions of governance and society and said corruption was also a threat to "our well-being and national security."

Among others present at the function were Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Minister of State for Personnel Suresh Pachauri, CBI Director Vijay Shanker, Central Vigilance Commissioner P Shankar, Principal Secretary to PM TKA Nair and Cabinet Secretary BK Chaturvedi.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 03:11 IST