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Call to curb graft on CBI raising day

Patna, March 31: The Patna unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today celebrated the raising day of the organisation at a function at SBI Training Centre in Khajpur. The unit celebrated the occasion a day in advance following instructions from its New Delhi headquarters, where the main function would be organised.

Speaking on “How to Curb Corruption”, Chanakya National Law University vice-chancellor (VC) A. Laxminath said the “monster of corruption” could not be controlled without the support of members of civil societies. “It is high time that the members of civil societies came forward and extended their support to the country’s premier investigating agency,” he said.

Maintaining that the CBI was also a part of society, Laxminath said: “Corruption cannot be controlled by the CBI only. Corruption requires multi-pronged attacks as it has acquired alarming proportions in recent times.”

Advocating for more autonomy to the CBI to deal with cases of corruption, Laxminath said: “The CBI is, at present, a wing of the home ministry. Under such circumstances how can one expect the agency to function independently and without any interference? More and more politicians are getting involved in scams these days.”

He expressed concern over the low rate of conviction in corruption-related cases across the country. Underlining the need of use of more technologies in the investigation of such cases, the vice-chancellor said in several important cases, the agency failed to get the accused prosecuted in the court for lack of sufficient evidence.

Referring to greater responsibility on CBI, Laxminath said more and more money was being pumped into public welfare schemes. “More the funds, more the corruption,” he added.

“If the officials entrusted with the task of putting a brake on plundering of public funds indulge in corrupt practices, who will guard them? So there is need of introspection even for CBI officials,” he said.

Inspector-general of police R.S. Bhatti said the CBI has gained the people’s confidence with the conviction of more and more influential persons in recent years. Superintendent of police (CBI, Patna) Vijay Kumar Singh discussed at length the CBI’s functioning.