Citing excessive delay in cases being prosecuted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Supreme Court has sought data on the agency’s success rate in lawsuits and is likely to evaluate its performance.
Friday’s question comes after an appeal was filed with the highest court regarding a 542-day delay by the leading research firm in a case.
The Supreme Court has ordered the director of the CBI to present the number of cases in which the agency has managed to be accused in a lawsuit, high courts.
She also wanted to know what steps the director of the central agency is taking to strengthen the judicial proceedings department.
The highest court also asked how many trials are pending in lower courts and high courts and how long they last.
A two-judge bench of Judges SK Kaul and MM Sundresh noted that it is not enough for the agency to just register and investigate a case, but also to ensure that the prosecution is carried out successfully.
“We would like to have data on cases being handled by the CBI. How many cases the CBI is prosecuting, the period for which the cases are pending in courts and what the CBI’s success rate is in courts and high courts. We want to see what the success rate of the agency,” the bank said.
The Supreme Court had noted in a previous hearing that there was “a saga of gross negligence in the performance of duties” resulting in undue delay in filing cases with the courts and requested a response from the director of the research bureau.
Additional Advocate General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing before the CBI, argued that in an adversarial process system like India, the success rate in lawsuits should be just one of the factors in determining efficiency.
The bank headed by SK Kaul said the same benchmark is followed around the world and there was no reason not to apply it to the CBI.