During the year 2010, Central Bureau of Investigation has registered 1009 cases, disposed off 1163 cases and concluded the trial of 744 cases with conviction rate of 71%. The conviction rate has increased from 65% to 71% during this year. In the beginning of the year, CBI identified the thrust areas and formulated the Annual Plan for achieving the objectives in a systematic manner. Special emphasis was laid to reduce the number of cases which were pending for investigation for more than one year. The pendency in this area witnessed a decrease from 230 cases as on 01.1.2010 to 169 cases at the end of the year. However, there has been a continuous increase in a number of cases pending under trial and at the end of the year, 9927 court cases were pending under trial.
In the beginning of 2010, CBI had identified 5 Key Result Areas viz. (i ) Integrity, Image and Impact (ii) Registration and Investigation (iii) Legal and Prosecution (iv) Technical, Forensic & Coordination and (v) Administration and Training to improve its functioning and create a public impact.
CBI organized workshops/seminars in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai with the print and electronic media to sensitize them about the working of CBI. SMS campaigns were also launched all over the country to invite public cooperation in sharing information for fighting corruption.
During the year, CBI focussed on the sectors having direct impact on common public like Petroleum, Food, Pharmacy, Education, Health, FICN, Banking, Insurance, Coal, Surface Transport, Telecom, Excise, Railways, Wild Life, Human trafficking etc. This sectoral approach to curb corruption has created a good public impact and has also led to systemic improvement in these sectors.
Some of the important actions pertaining to various sectors are given below-
CBI has unearthed large-scale corruption in granting recognition to new colleges or giving permission to enhance the number of seats or to start new courses in Medical, Dental, Ayurvedic, Nursing, Engineering, Law, Teachers Education Institutes, etc. A bribery case of Rs.2 Crores involving the President, Medical Council of India for giving permission to start new courses without meeting the mandatory requirement was also registered. CBI has registered 18 RCs/PEs pertaining to recognition/permission for Medical Colleges in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, U.P., Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand & Orissa States. Subsequently, a disproportionate assets case was also registered against the then President, MCI. The unearthing of organized corruption in the field of medical education has led to systemic improvement in the field of Medical Education.CBI has so far registered 45 RCs/PEs in respect of various irregularities in the matter of granting recognition/permission to Engineering Colleges by AICTE. CBI has also sent suggestions for systemic improvement. During this period, an acting Chairman of Company Law Board was caught red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 7 lakhs. Subsequently, during searches, amount of Rs.1.68 Crores (appox.) was found at his residence.
CBI conducted nation-wide Special Drives during the year targeting large-scale corruption in Coal, Petroleum, Drugs & Pharmaceutical Sectors. CBI registered 12 cases pertaining to large-scale pilferage of coal and other irregularities in Coal Sector causing huge loss to Government Exchequer. In another operation, CBI also arrested CMD of South Eastern Coal Field Ltd. and other persons in a bribery case of Rupees One Crore. Similarly, CBI registered 13 RCs/PEs in respect of adulteration in Petroleum Products, manufacturing of spurious drugs and other irregularities.
CBI busted a large-scale organized corruption racket in public sector banks and other financial institutions in arranging high value loans and other facilities in Mumbai and arrested Secretary (Investment), LIC of India, Director & CEO, LIC Housing Finance Ltd., General Manager, Bank of India, Mumbai, Director (Chartered Accountant), Central Bank of India, New Delhi, D.G.M., Punjab National Bank, New Delhi and other accused persons.
CBI has also registered cases against senior level officers of the National Highway Authority of India in the matter of awarding contracts.
CBI registered a case against a senior officer of MHA for abuse of official position in the matter of procurement of security equipment granting undue favour to supplier firms. Another case was registered against a senior officer of MHA and others for influencing the decision making in the matter pertaining to Daman Administration.
CBI registered a case against Director (Anti Dumping) of the Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry and others for seeking undue favour from the companies which were violating anti dumping provisions.
CBI registered case against gold exporters, Chairman and unknown officers of PAN Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd., for cheating MMTC to the tune of Rs.480 crores.
3 cases pertaining to allegation of corruption/irregularities against officials of Organising Committee of Common Wealth Games were registered and searches were also conducted in this regard. CBI is also enquiring into the irregularities in the allotment of land to Adarsh Society, Mumbai, on the complaint by the Ministry of Defence.
During the year 2010, CBI has investigated and successfully charge sheeted many high profile cases including Satyam Corporate Fraud, Provident Fund Scam of Ghaziabad, Ordnance Factory Board case, Case against Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai, Sohrabuddin encounter, Sangit Meiti Encounter, Gyaneshwari Train derailment, Mecca Masjid Blast, Anti Sikh riots, Police – Advocates clash in the premises of Madras High Court, Cases against former Chief Ministers of Jharkhand & Haryana, the case against the then Minister for Rural Development, Government of Punjab & Others, etc. CBI also submitted a detailed enquiry report to Government of Andhra Pradesh relating to the death of Y.S.R. Reddy, the then Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, in a Helicopter Crash Case.
During the year, CBI was able to get conviction in important cases including Shri Beant Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab assassination case, Bhopal Gas tragedy case, Fodder Scam case, case against Ex-Chief Secretary of UP, Satyendra Dubey murder case, naxallite A. Verghese murder case, etc.
During the year, CBI got 14 Red-Corner Notices (RCN) Subjects were arrested out of which 8 were arrested abroad. Two fugitives were extradited and five fugitives were deported to India, out of which 4 were foreigners, who were involved in theft of Diamonds worth 6.4 Crores from Mumbai. Interpol Liasion Officers & Police Liaison Officers Conferences were organized by Interpol Wing of CBI for enhancing international co-operation.
There were only 56 Special Courts exclusively for CBI cases. The Government has sanctioned 71 new Special Courts for CBI cases in different States along with support staff. It is expected that the ever-increasing pendency of under-trial cases will be substantially reduced once all these new Courts become functional. 8 new Special Courts have already become functional. To further strengthen the prosecution, sanction of 204 posts of Prosecutors and support staff was received from the Government and 46 Prosecutors have already been engaged on contractual basis.
CBI received sanction of 336 posts for 8 newly created branches, which has increased presence of CBI in every State Capital. The vacancy of about 719 persons were existing in various ranks in CBI in the beginning of year, out of which 605 vacancies were filled up during the year by making special efforts.
To further upgrade the infrastructure, efforts were made for construction of CBI Buildings at different locations. The construction of CBI Head Office in New Delhi has made significant progress and is nearing completion, sanction of Rs.49.54 Crores was received from the Government for construction of CBI Complex at Bandra-Kurla Complex at Mumbai and construction process has been initiated. Construction of office-cum-residential complex at Jabalpur is in progress. Sanction was also received for construction of additional quarters at Dhanbad, Jodhpur and the office-cum-residential complex at Imphal.
Emphasis was laid on Capacity Building. The CBI Academy & the Regional Training Centres trained more than 4,600 personnel from CBI, CPOs, State Police, Banks and other PSUs. This included training of about 80 Law Enforcement Officers from various countries and courses were conducted in collaboration with BKA (Germany), FBI, Microsoft, NASSCOM, etc. The CBI Academy was granted ISO:9001:2008 Certification for various systemic changes in record-keeping and training methodology. A high-tech Cyber Crime investigation Centre was established for Capacity Building in the areas of Cyber Crime. The concept of on-line tests was introduced for Investigating Officers of CBI as a part of distant education. To provide on the spot scientific and forensic support to the Investigating Officers, 16 Technical and Forensic Support Units have been set up at all the Zonal Head Quarters.
CBI seeks public cooperation in sharing and providing information for fighting corruption.
New Delhi , 10-01-2011