The Supreme Court has decided to examine the performance of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The top court will examine, within the ambit of investigation and prosecution, CBI’s success rate and performance in leading a case to its logical conclusion.
A bench headed by Justice SK Kaul asked the CBI Director to bring on record the number of cases where the central investigating agency succeeded in getting the accused convicted in the trial court and high court proceedings in recent years.
The apex court emphasized it is not sufficient for the agency to merely lodge a case and conduct an investigation into it, citing that internationally the efficiency of the prosecution agency is decided by the success rate in the cases it had registered.
The top court stressed the same yardstick should be applied to the CBI in India.
The top court made these observations while hearing the CBI and Ministry of Home Affairs’ plea against Mohammad Altaf and Sheikh Mubarak, both belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.
In January 2020, the top court had noted that there was an inordinate delay of 542 days on part of the investigating agency in filing the special leave petition.
In a January 24, 2020 order, the apex court had noted that the central investigating agency took more than ten months to take a decision to file the petition.
On February 7, 2020, the SC had said the affidavit filed on behalf of the petitioner appears as a saga of gross negligence in performing duties.