DIRECTOR CBI SHRI ANIL SINHA URGES HIS OFFICERS TO BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO COMPLAINANTS & INFORMANTS; INAUGURATES NEW CBI OFFICE AT MUMBAI
Director Central Bureau of Investigation Shri Anil Sinha today inaugurated the new office building of Central Bureau of Investigation at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion Shri Sinha said that the number of cases being handed over to CBI by the Constitutional Courts and various State Governments has been mounting over the years. Though CBI started as an Anti-Corruption Agency, its scope has increased over the last few decades to economic offences, serious frauds and sensational cases under the IPC. CBI is now a federal investigative agency which can investigate most of the offences which affect public life in general and which have a direct bearing on the quality of life of the common man.
The Director further said that the new office building will not only provide CBI officials with a convenient ambience but also encourage them to achieve higher efficiency. He urged the officers to work harder to give better services and be more responsive to the complainants and informants. Witnesses should feel safe and be protected, he added. He expressed hope that the new office complex would facilitate better coordination among the branches of CBI.
Shri Sinha said that corruption flourishes due to three factors – Opportunities, Social Acceptance and Freedom from Risks. It is the duty of the Vigilance setup to reduce the opportunities. It is the duty of the Citizens to complain, inform and be intolerant of corruption; and it is the duty of investigative agencies like CBI and State ACB to effectively detect and prosecute the corrupt to instill fear in them. Mumbai is the financial capital of the country. It is the headquarters for all Major Public & Private Banks and Financial Institutions. It is a major gateway for exports and imports which directly impinge on the Indian economy. It has a very high density of central government departments, Railways, Banks, Customs, Central excise, PSUs, Oil Companies, defence establishments, etc., There are umpteen number of interactions between the citizens, the businessmen, the professionals and the middlemen on one side and the government departments, Banks and financial institutions on the other side, he added.
Shri Sinha further said that CBI is considering setting up a Cyber-Crime Investigation Branch at Mumbai. The State Government of Maharashtra has been requested to notify the CBI for taking up the investigation of offenses under the Information Technology Act 2000.
Shri Keshav Kumar, Joint Director, CBI, Mumbai Zone delivered the welcome address. The new building will house all CBI Branches such as Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Banking& Securities Fraud Cell (BS&FC), Special Task Force (STF) and Special Crime Branch (SCB). The new CBI office building is a Green Building as per GRIHA norms including ground + 13 floors + two basement floors constructed on a plot of 1500 sq mts with a project of Rs 103.19 Crore (approx).
The building has various facilities including; Solar Power provision; Power efficient sensor based lighting & Centralised AC; Double glass unit for Natural light & Power efficiency; Auditorium; Regional Training Centre; Conference rooms; Scientific Interrogation Rooms; Canteen; Rain water harvesting; Fire Alarm system & Fire fighting system ; Sewerage Treatment Plant; RO Water filtration and Library.
The function was attended by Senior Officers of Maharashtra State Government, Additional Director, CBI, Chief Engineer, CPWD and other officials of CBI.