New Delhi: In the backdrop of increasing cases coupled with widening gamut of the investigating agency, states have started demanding for more CBI courts.

Presently, three states have demanded five special CBI courts.

However, Allahabad High Court Chief Justice SR Alam said that if the CBI solves cases related to corruption in a swift manner, there will be a need for one CBI court for 20 cases.

However, he had given this recommendation to the Centre when he was the Chief Justice with the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Following the push from Chief Justice of India HS Kapadia to ensure solving cases related to corruption on time, the Law Ministry had sent letters to all state high courts asking the status of cases pending with the CBI courts, suggestions on how to solve pending cases and need for additional CBI courts in respective states.

However, only 11 states responded to the letter. While majority of them are satisfied with the present number of CBI courts, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan want to set up more CBI courts.

This was revealed after RTI activist Subhash Chandra demanded information in this regard.

Presently, there are four CBI courts in Karnataka and one is expected to commence soon. Apart from this demand, the Karnataka High Court has demanded for three additional civil and sessions court in Bangalore.

According to Himachal Pradesh High Court, there is no CBI court in the state due to which one sessions judge has been appointed as special judge to solve cases pending with the CBI.

Following the similar pattern, the Rajasthan government wants two new CBI courts for which it has sought approval for running the same in rented buildings.

JPN/Bureau