New Delhi: The Supreme Court and High Courts are handing over a large number of sensitive cases to the CBI for investigation without additional manpower, the government said on Wednesday, to highlight the acute staff crunch gripping the agency.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as nodal authority for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has asked all states to send officers to fill large vacancies in the agency.
The CBI is facing an acute shortage of manpower in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable, Inspector and Superintendent of Police. To fill up these vacancies, the agency has, on several occasions, requested all state governments to send the names of willing officials or officers to join CBI on deputation basis to ensure effective investigation of cases, a communique from DoPT said.
The problem is especially acute in the wake of the Supreme Court and High Courts handing over a large number of sensitive cases to the CBI for investigation without any additional manpower, it said.
In a related development, a Parliamentary committee had late last year criticised perceived 'judicial activism' of Supreme and higher courts by overseeing investigation and passing interim directions to CBI saying it may appear to be an exercise of power by them.
Recently, the government has also sanctioned 598 new posts for CBI for investigation into the Vyapam scam and chit fund or ponzi scam cases. However, these posts have not been filled up so far, the DoPT said.
It cited a verdict of the apex court which had directed that steps be taken to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously.
"It is once again requested that all state governments may kindly send the names of willing officials or officers at the earliest to CBI to fill their vacant posts on deputation basis in the rank of Constable, Head Constable, Inspector and Superintendent of Police," the DoPT said.
This issue will be discussed during a meeting scheduled to be held on April 22, by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh with Principal Secretaries (of Personnel or General Administration Department) of state governments.
The matter was also raised by the CBI before the members in the last meeting of Personnel and GAD secretaries.
As per the latest data, there are 1,641 vacant posts in CBI against its sanctioned strength of 7,274.
The matter of establishing four additional special courts--three in West Bengal and one in Andhra Pradesh--will also be discussed during the meeting.
Out of 22 additional special courts, 18 have become operational. Four such courts--one each in Visakhapatnam and Asansol, and two in Alipore--have not become operational yet, the DoPT said.
Issues like the status of abolition of interviews for recruitment to majority of government jobs (especially those at lower levels), meeting in Union Public Service Commission regarding the promotion of officials from state civil service to IAS and simplification of procedure for issuance of caste certificates among others will also be discussed during the meeting.