CJI delivers 18th DP Kohli memorial lecture
Andalib Akhter / New Delhi
The Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi has vouched for delinking crucial aspects of the CBI from the overall administrative control of the government and said that the public perception of the CBI must be of the highest order.
“The agency should be given statutory status through legislation equivalent to that provided to the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG),” said CJI while delivering the 18th DP Kohli memorial lecture on “The Role of Police in Strengthening Justice Delivery” Tuesday.
In his address, CJI talked about the challenges faced by institutions such as the CBI. He touched on issues related to legal ambiguity which he said has an impact on the working of the agency, lack of adequately qualified workforce, and accountability amongst others. The Chief Justice of India also spoke about the current challenges and roadmap in the future for the agency. These included technological scaling up, human resource upgradation, enhancement of effective administrative autonomy as well as financial autonomy and accountability.
“The legal mandate of CBI must be strengthened by having comprehensive legislation addressing deficiencies relating to organisational structure, a charter of functions, limits of power, superintendence, and oversight. Further, to address an increasing incidence of interstate crimes, an argument could be made for including ‘public order’ in the concurrent list, for the limited purposes of investigating such crimes,” Gogoi said.
The CJI said an underlying weakness of public institutions was the lack of an adequately qualified and competent workforce. The gap was both qualitative and quantitative, and the CBI was no exception, Gogoi added.
“Such gaps exist not merely on the operational end but also on the command side with 15% posts in executive ranks, 28.37% in law officers and 56.17% in technical officer lying vacant. This is a matter of concern as it results in overburdening of work, which not only reduces the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency personnel but also induces psychological distress,” he said.
CJI also felt that it is important to acknowledge the remarkable work done by CBI over the years. This could not have been possible without the quality, calibre, commitment and professionalism of its personnel, he said.
In his welcome address, Director, CBI Rishi Kumar Shukla said the ultimate goal of the agency’s endeavours, as well its touchstone is the delivery of justice to the common people of India. He observed that the aspirations of the common citizens continue to rise and they expect justice and instant solutions to their problems to be delivered at their doorsteps. Shukla referring to the challenges of the future said the rapid pace of changes marked by the transition into cyberspace poses monumental challenges. He said the agency is increasingly called upon to neutralise a new class of technology-savvy cyber criminals who operate across multiple jurisdictions. The CBI is also expected to quickly investigate complex bank frauds cases and other economic offences of global and huge dimensions, impacting a large number of citizens, he added.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi also presented Police Medals for Meritorious Service to 27 officers/officials; DP Kohli Award to Best Detective Constable/Head Constable to 4 officials; Gold Medal to 2 Best Investigating Officers; Best Employee Award to Support Staff (Ministerial) to 3 officials and Best Branch of CBI to Economic Offences-III Branch, New Delhi.
Recipients of Police Medals for Meritorious Service were:- Mr. DS Shukla, Joint Director, CBI, when he was Sr. SP, Anti Corruption Branch , New Delhi; Mr. Prakash Saya Kajrolkar, Sub Inspector Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Mumbai, when he was ASI, Special Task Force, Mumbai; Mr. Ghanshyam Upadhyay, IG(Special Intelligence Wing), Odisha Police Bhubaneswar, when he was DIG, Special Unit, CBI, Delhi; Mr. Ramesh Chand Dhyani, Head Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Guwahati; Mr. Anil Kumar Yadav, ASP, when he was DSP, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Bhopal; Sh. Ashwani Kumar Chand, Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, New Delhi, when he was DIG, Anti Corruption Headquarters-I, CBI, New Delhi; Mr. Navjyoti Gogoi, DIG, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Guwahati; Mr. Subhash Ram Rup Singh, ASP, Special Crime Branch, CBI, Mumbai; Mr. Nagesh Murlidhar Parab, DSP, Special Unit, CBI, Mumbai; Mr. Surender Singh, DSP, Economic Offences-II, CBI, New Delhi; Mr.. Atul Hajela, DSP, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, New Delhi; Mr.. Sanjay Kumar Dhall, DSP, Special Task Force, CBI, New Delhi; Mr. Maharshi Ray Hajong, DSP, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Guwahati; Mr. Arvind Dadaji More, DSP, when he was Inspector, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Nagpur; Mr. Subhash Chander, Inspector, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Chandigarh; Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Inspector, Special Crime-III, CBI, New Delhi; Ms. Geeta Paul, Sub Inspector, when she was ASI, Economic Offences-III, CBI, New Delhi; Mr. Kuljeet Singh, Head Constable, CBI (HQ), New Delhi; Mr. Bani Singh, Head Constable, when he was Constable, CBI (HQ), New Delhi; Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma, Head Constable, when he was Constable, Anti Corruption HQ-II, CBI, New Delhi; Mr. Sat Narain, Head Constable, when he was Constable, Special Crime-I, CBI, New Delhi; Mr. Devashish Bose, Steno Gr.II, CBI (HQ), New Delhi; Mr. Nimai Chandra Mondal, Head Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Kolkata; Mr. Ramesh Chand, Head Constable, Information Section, CBI, New Delhi; Mr.T. Rajashekara, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Bangalore; Mr. Aikodan Balakrishnan, Head Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Goa; Mr. Goutam Chandra Das, Head Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Bhubaneswar.;
D.P. Kohli Award to Best Detective Constable to Mr. Chandrashekar, Head Constable, Bank Securities & Fraud Cell, Bangalore for the year 2016; Mr. Anand Rajaram Pandhare, Constable, Special Unit, CBI, Mumbai for the year 2017; Mr. A. Sekar, Head Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Chennai for the year 2017; Mr. Satheesh Kumar V, Constable, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Bhubaneswar for the year 2018.
(c) Gold Medal to Best Investigating Officers to Mr. J.S. Yadav, Inspector, Anti Corruption Branch, CBI, Jodhpur for the year 2015; Mr. Devraj V., DSP, CBI, Economic Offences-III, New Delhi for the year 2016
(d) Best Employee Award to Support Staff (Ministerial) to Mr. Tosh Kumar, Sr.PS (now retired), CBI (HQ), New Delhi for the year 2016; Mr.Anil Kumar Sharma, Office Superintendent, Policy Division, CBI, New Delhi for the year 2017; Mr. PP Jayachandran, Steno Grade-I(now retired), Anti Corruption Branch, Mumbai, CBI for the year 2018.
(e) Best Branch of CBI for the year 2016 to Economic Offences-III, New Delhi (The award was received by Mr Vijayendra Bidari, Head of Branch).
The Additional Director, CBI Mr. Praveen Sinha proposed the vote of thanks.