Overburdened CBI?

Cutting his losses, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, announced his decision to seek a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the deadly Vyapam scam. But given the premier investigating agency track record, any early breakthrough is unlikely. The agency is overworked and severely understaffed. As of March 2013, 6800 corruption cases were pending with it, with about 2000 of them pending for a decade. Until June 2014, CBI had only 5735 personnel as against the sanctioned strength of 6674 officers. The Supreme Court has reprimanded the Centre for not expeditiously filling up the vacancies. Requesting states to allocate officers is not enough. It is time Centre packs the agency with generalists and specialists alike given the volume and complexity of cases under its probe. Hiring the right talent should not be difficult if government has the political will to build CBI 2.0!


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