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SC Decision to Expedite Number of Cases: CBI

Published: 06th May 2014 07:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2014 07:14 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

 CBI today welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the provision of seeking mandatory prior approval to probe against officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above, saying a number of cases will be expedited following the judgement.

Terming it as a "landmark" judgement in criminal justice system, CBI said it added additional responsibilities on the probe agency so that "due diligence" is done before examining any official of the rank of Joint Secretary and above.

"We welcome this decision. This matter was pending before the Supreme Court and finally a decision came today. This decision will go a long way in finalising several cases pending before us," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said here.

He said more responsibilities have been put on CBI following the judgement to ensure no innocent is subjected to this provision.

"We will be strengthening our already existing mechanism and due diligence will be done before questioning any senior officer. This decision will be taken only at an officer of the rank of Joint Director or above in CBI," Sinha said.

While he refused to provide details about the cases that could be expedited, sources in the agency said it would help in over a dozen cases which include a senior official of the Delhi Police, Inspector General of RPF and a senior Finance Ministry official.

A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha, today held as invalid and unconstitutional the provision which makes it mandatory for prior approval of competent authority for CBI to probe Joint Secretary and above-ranked officials in corruption cases and said the protection has the propensity of shielding the corrupt.



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