Is CBI’s credibility going low? asks Madras HC
Conviction rate is going low in CBI cases. It is so disturbing. It looks like the premier investigating agency is losing its credibility, the Madras High court was so critical while examining its performance.
The court observed that the conviction rate in many cases is so low and many accused in white collar crimes are going scot-free. Why does it happen? The trial courts are of the view that in many cases evidences collected by the CBI are not adequate.
Such a disturbing situation should not have happened. Because it is generally believed that CBI is an expert agency to bring culprits to book by perfect investigation with flawless evidence to bring the culprit to book and get him convicted, the Court observed.
The investigation into many cases are found to be faulty. That is the general impression. So the court asked about the officers in CBI and how they are recruited? It seems that many officers in CBI are on deputation from CISF and CRPF. Do they have the necessary expertise for investigation? Are the CBI officers well versed in banking and chartered accountancy procedures to investigate bank frauds and other white collar crimes?
The court wanted to know the recruitment procedures in CBI as well and how many cases have been investigated by the CBI in the state since the past 20 years and also the conviction rate.