New Delhi: Around 6,700 corruption cases examined by CBI As per the latest annual report of the central vigilance commission ,CVC,
A total of 1,939 cases were pending for more than 10 years and up to 20 years, 2,273 for more than five years and up to 10 years, 811 for more than three years and up to five years and 1,399 for less than three years. , till December 31, 2021, it said.
“The Commission, during its monthly meetings with the CBI, takes note of a large number of cases pending trial for a longer period in various courts,” said the CVC’s Annual Report 2021.
As on 31.12.2021, 6,697 cases were pending, out of which 275 cases are more than 20 years old.
In addition, a total of 10,974 appeals and amendments were pending in the High Courts and the Supreme Court.
Of the total 9,935 appeals, 9,698 were in the High Courts and 237 in the Supreme Court. The report said that 1,039 revision petitions are pending in the high courts.
Of the 10,974 appeal and revision petitions pending in the High Courts and the apex court, 361 were pending for more than twenty years, 558 for more than 15 but less than 20 years, 1,749 for more than 10 but less than 15 years, 3,665. For more than five years but less than 10 years, 2,818 for more than two but less than five years and 1,823 for less than two years.
The report said that 645 cases of corruption were pending for more than five years by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), 35.
Of the total cases, 60 were under investigation for more than three years but less than five years, 71 for more than two years but less than three years, 162 for more than one year but less than two years and 317 for less than one year . , said the report was tabled in Parliament in the recently concluded session and made public on Wednesday.
In 2021, the CBI had registered 457 cases against 549 civil servants, including 221 gazetted officers. Of these, 504 were disposed of by investigation.
The federal agency is generally required to complete the investigation of a registered case within one year.
“Completion of the investigation would mean filing of charge sheet in the courts, wherever necessary, after obtaining sanction from the competent authority. The Commission has observed that there has been some delay in completion of investigation in some cases,” the report said. ”
Some of the reasons for the delay include “delay due to COVID-19 pandemic”, “delay in investigation due to work overload”, “inadequacy of manpower”, “delay in receiving replies to Letters Rogatory (LR)” and “time lapse”. Are included. in locating and examining witnesses residing in distant places” among others, it said.
75 cases of departmental action were pending against the CBI personnel themselves.
“The commission regularly reviews pending cases against CBI officers. Pending cases against CBI officers reflect the prestige and image of the premier investigating agency of the country. As on 31-12-2021, 55 departmental cases against Group A officers Cases and 20 cases against group B and C officers were pending at various stages against CBI personnel.
Of the total 55 pending cases against Group A officers, 27 are pending for more than four years, six each for three years to four years, two years to three years and one year to two years and ten for less than one year. Told.
Of the total 20 pending cases against Group B and C officers, nine are for more than four years, one each for three years to four years and between two years and three years, two for less than two years and seven for group B and C. were pending. Reportedly, for less than a year.
The CBI had registered 747 cases in 2021 – 680 Regular Cases (RCs) and 67 Preliminary Investigations (PE).
The CVC’s annual report said that in the year a total of 102 cases were registered by government servants for demanding bribe to show favor and 40 for possessing disproportionate assets.
The CVC exercises superintendence over the work of the CBI in relation to the investigation conducted under Prevention of Corruption Act,
The report said that out of 747 cases, 133 cases were taken up on the directions of the Constitutional Courts and 37 on the requests of the State Governments/Union Territories.
The Federal Investigation Agency had registered 676 cases in 2020.
“During 2021, investigations were finalized in 798 RCs and 86 PEs. As on 31.12.2021, 328 cases were pending for investigation for more than a year,” the report said.