NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to fill up nearly 750 vacant posts in the department and is writing to all state governments for recommending personnel for the posts.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is struggling under the weight of a huge number of ponzi scam cases, had made a plea before the apex court seeking modification of its earlier order asking the agency to take over the probe into all such cases, on the ground of lack of manpower.
The Central Bureau of Investigation said that it has been probing around 970 chit-fund scam cases and was lacking manpower to register the 265 non-Saradha cases pertaining to West Bengal alone.
The CBI said that in all 971 cases have been registered, of which 464 are matters related to non-Saradha chit fund firms. Similarly, during the Vyapam hearing, the Attorney General also told the court that the number of FIRs registered was 185 when the matter was first heard and has now gone up to 212 and there are chances that the number would rise further. So, there is immediate need of more CBI officers.
After consultations with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as the nodal authority for the CBI, it has been decided that a letter will be written to all the states and Central government ministries seeking nomination of suitable officers for deputation in the agency.
The Bureau, which has 50 per cent of its staff on deputation basis, has a vacancy of 754, against its sanctioned strength of 4,544.
Of these, 283 vacancies are at the level of inspector, 195 of constable and head constable, 65 at Deputy and Additional Superintendents of Police, 41 at SP and Senior SP-level and 12 are of Deputy Inspector General (DIG).
The AG had also said that a request would be made to West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh where CBI sleuths are involved in investigating Saradha and Vyapam scams respectively to send 200 state cadre officials on deputation with the agency to be engaged in probing other cases.