New Delhi: The task of setting up 71 additional courts for early disposal of cases assigned to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to gain momentum. While inaugurating the new CBI headquarters building here on Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted that there has been a delay in the process.

For the speedy trial of cases entrusted to the CBI, Union government in 2009 had decided to set up 71 additional special courts. Out of which, 64 special courts have been sanctioned and only 16 have become operational.

He pointed in order to ensure earliest disposal of cases, especially high profile case, pending with the CBI, the Central government had approved setting up of special courts. The entire expense for the project had to be borne by the Centre.

However, the interest shown by state governments over the proposal was not very keen. Taking note of the issue, Singh has asked Union Minister of State for Personnel and Training Narayan Swamy to hold discussion with state governments on the issue.

It is noteworthy that in February 2011, Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily had written letters in this regard to state governments and all Chief Justices of High Courts.

Hinting towards the CBI investigations getting media attention in the 2G and CWG scams, PM asked the premier investigating agency to investigate the case fearlessly.

“The investigating agency should be focus on their work and avoid any kind of distractions,” Singh said in a brief address.
“CBI officials should investigate the cases without any fear or pressure,” he added.

Congress MP and former chief of CWG-OC, Suresh Kalmadi is being interrogated in the same new building of CBI.

JPN/ Bureau