New Delhi: In a bid to fast track pending
CBI cases, three more special courts will be functional in the
national capital from January 2.
Delhi, which alone has 1731 CBI cases pending with it in
comparison to 9996 such matters across the country as on
August 31, will now have 21 special CBI judges working from
January 2 to deal with the corruption and heinous crimes,
probed by the agency. The number of special courts will go up
to 21 from the existing 18.
This follows concerns raised by the Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia over
growing list of pending CBI cases.
Singh, CJI and his predecessor K G Balakrishnan had
advocated creation of more CBI courts across the country to
deal with the growing number of undecided cases.
The CJI also wrote to Chief Justices of the High Courts
to expedite hearing in corruption cases.
Besides Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Goa were the states which did
not either set up the sanctioned number or only partially
implemented the Prime Minister`s advice given in 2009.
The Delhi High Court passed an administrative order
paving the way for creation of three CBI
courts at Tis Hazari, Saket and Patiala House district courts
complexes, to be presided over by Anu Malhotra, Ravinder Kaur
and Swarna Kanta Sharma, all of the ranks of Additional
Sessions Judge, respectively.