State governments should clarify whether they trust the CBI: Jitendra Singh: The Tribune India

New Delhi, December 12

State Personnel Minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday that state governments need to make it clear whether they trust the CBI, as they withdraw general consent given to the agency to operate within their jurisdiction, but l ‘authorize in selective cases submitted by them under public pressure.

The Minister also presented Meritorious Service Police Medals to 47 CBI officials.

CBI Vice Chairman Seema Pahuja, who investigated the Hathras rape case and the Gudia rape case in Himachal Pradesh, received the minister’s gold medal for best investigator.

Addressing the “investment ceremony,” the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions expressed concern that states are withdrawing general consent given to the CBI to investigate cases , but they nevertheless retain the prerogative to give selective consent when it suits them.

Calling for a broader introspection on the part of politics, society, and the nation as a whole, Singh asked if this was the kind of decorum to follow.

He said states need to make it clear whether they trust the CBI or not, or whether they trust the agency selectively, as they continue to give selective consent in cases that are convenient for them.

According to the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act which governs the CBI, the agency needs the consent of state governments to operate within their jurisdiction. However, this consent is not required when a case is referred to the CBI by a High Court or Supreme Court.

Calling on state governments to “rethink” their decisions to withdraw general consent, the minister said state governments continue to refer cases to the CBI under public pressure, indicating that the population has greater confidence in the agency.

“Likewise, complex and urgent cases are also entrusted to the CBI by the courts on numerous occasions,” he added.

The function was also attended by Chief Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N Patel and (Staff) Secretary Pradip Kumar Tripathi.

Singh said zero tolerance for corruption, transparency and citizen orientation are the three main mantras that determine the administrative outlook of the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that regardless of ideological beliefs, it is the collective responsibility of all to strengthen institutions like the CBI, as these institutions also help strengthen the nation’s resolve to achieve the ultimate goal of incorruptibility in society. .

Speaking at the ceremony, CBI Director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal said the agency enjoys the confidence of courts, governments and the general public.

For every serious crime, there is always a clamor for a CBI investigation, he said.

“The success of the CBI is illustrated by the fact that over the years it has been able to achieve a conviction rate of almost 70% despite the fact that defendants are able to obtain the best legal support. The CBI is committed to advancing the great legacy and adapting with the times, ”he said.

Jaiswal said the agency has launched a comprehensive internal process of modernizing, improving capabilities, setting higher standards for investigations and preventive vigilance and leveraging advanced capabilities to tackle new age crime. .

He said the CBI has identified 75 practices that must be discouraged in order to improve the efficiency of the organization.

The agency chief spoke of a nationwide crackdown on online peddlers of child sexual exploitation material.

He said more than 5,000 people from more than 80 locations in India and more than 100 countries around the world have been identified during the operation.

“We have taken note that today’s problems cannot be solved using the skills and knowledge of yesterday,” Jaiswal said. PTI

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