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CBI's plea of manpower deficit boomerangs; Supreme Court faults agency

New Delhi: There should be “a CBI probe against CBI”, the Supreme Court remarked today as it blamed the agency for its constant refrain about severe manpower deficit, saying it had itself shown apathy towards
PTI September 14, 2015 22:33 IST
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New Delhi: There should be “a CBI probe against CBI”, the Supreme Court remarked today as it blamed the agency for its constant refrain about severe manpower deficit, saying it had itself shown apathy towards filling up these vacancies leading to a shortfall of investigators.  

“You (CBI) have created the present situation because of your own apathy towards the problem on which you keep harping upon,” a bench comprising justices T S Thakur and C Nagappan said.

“This is not a happy situation... In fact, there should be a CBI probe against CBI for not promoting staffers inside CBI,” the bench said.

The bench, while perusing CBI's response on its questions relating to cadre strength and the last revision, said the agency, which does not promote its own people, keeps alleging non-cooperation by the state police.

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CBI, in its response, told the bench that currently there were over 700 vacancies at different levels and there has been “no comprehensive revision of cadre” since its inception in 1963.

“You have been telling Kolkata people (to provide it with investigators to probe chitfund scam). Tell us, what have you done to bring 317 persons (total vacancies under deputation quota) into your own fold,” the bench said, asking the agency to fill up the vacancies “immediately”.  

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for CBI, said there has been a shortfall of staffers in the agency and moreover, police officers at lower level do not want to come on deputation.

He, however, said some recruitment has been undertaken and the Attorney General himself was looking into it.  The court, which has been hearing interim pleas of CBI on shortfall of police officers to probe the Saradha and other chitfund scam cases, then adjourned the hearing by two weeks.  

West Bengal police, which was asked by the apex court to double the number of policemen it had earlier offered to CBI to probe non-Sardha chit-fund scam cases in the state, today agreed to abide by the order but sought some more time in this regard.