In a written reply, Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy said, "Government has received a proposal from CBI to create 2063 posts in different ranks for strengthening CBI in phases. A proposal for creation of 711 posts in various ranks in Phase-I is under examination."

The data given by the Minister shows 878 vacancies in the Central Bureau of Investigation at different levels which include 527 in executive, 69 in legal, 54 in technical, 206 in ministerial and 22 in canteen staff. It said that the sanctioned strength of the agency is 6,674 while actual strength of the agency is 5796.
    
But despite this, the agency has managed 2003 convictions during last three years while only 855 cases resulted in acquittal thus achieving a healthy prosecution rate of nearly 70 percent, the data shows. The reply said agency has registered 1,131 cases during the year 2013 as compared to 1048 in 2012 and 1003 in 2011.

In response to a question whether existing law has been grossly inadequate in giving CBI a statutory backing, the Minister replied in the negative
    
He said a number of proposals have been received by the Government for enactment of separate law or an amendment in the existing Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to give CBI a statutory backing.

Narayanasamy said these proposals include enactment of a separate Act for CBI in tune with requirement of the time rather than deriving its power from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.

There is a proposal on appointment of Director CBI on the recommendation of a Committee consisting of the Prime Minister as Chairperson, leader of opposition on Lok Sabha as member and the Chief Justice of India or a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him as Member.

Also, setting up of an independent Directorate of Prosecution and grant of statutory status of DoP, removal of Director CBI, only by order of the President on grounds of proved misbehaviour and incapacity.
    
The Minister said the proposals including induction of Director CBI as full-fledged member in the selection committee for recommending selection of officers of CBI of the level of
SP and above, exercise of power of superintendence of Central Government in a manner that would not interfere in investigation or disposal of any case in a particular manner by the DSPE.

He also said establishment of an accountability commission/separate watchdog agency to ensure accountability of CBI has also been proposed besides enhancement of financial and administrative powers of the Director CBI.

"The DSPE Act, 1946 has been amended through the recently enacted Lokpal Act, vesting the appointment of Director CBI in a committee headed by the Prime Minister and statutory status has been accorded to the post of Director of Prosecution. The Director CBI has been recently vested with greater financial and administrative powers in furtherance of functional autonomy," the Minister said.

(Agencies)

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