THE Supreme Court Monday came down heavily on the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) for its constant refrain about severe manpower deficit, saying the shortfall of investigators was the agency’s own making.
“There should be a CBI probe against the CBI for not promoting staffers inside the agency,” the Supreme Court observed while examining an affidavit submitted by the CBI on its cadre strength.
“You (CBI) have created the present situation because of your own apathy towards the problem on which you keep harping upon… This is not a happy situation,” said the bench of Justice T S Thakur and Justice C Nagappan.
The bench made the observation while hearing a petition of the CBI in which it said that due to shortage of officers, the agency would not be able to probe Saradha and other chit fund cases.
In an affidavit, the CBI told the bench that at present there were over 700 vacancies at different levels of the agency and there has been no comprehensive revision of cadre since its inception in 1963.
Appearing for the agency, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh said that even lower rank police officers were not keen to join the CBI on deputation. He, however, said that some recruitment has been undertaken by the agency.
The court adjourned the hearing by two weeks.