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CBI enlists challenges it faces in investigations

Shoddy police investigations in old cases, powerful and influential accused pose a big challenge for the special crime unit of the CBI, the agency said today.



Mumbai: Shoddy police investigations in old
cases, powerful and influential accused pose a big challenge
for the special crime unit of the CBI, the agency said today.

"A case is handed over to the CBI only by the Supreme
Court, High Court or the government. Usually cases are two to
five years old by the time we take over the investigations. In
such cases, we have to rebuild the case from scratch," CBI
Joint Director, Mumbai, P Kandaswamy told reporters at a
workshop here.

Shoddy investigations by the local police, influential
and powerful accused who intimidate the witnesses and
obliterate evidence make it difficult for the CBI to conduct
investigations, Kandaswamy said.

Giving the example of the 1992 Sister Abhaya murder case,
the joint director said when CBI took over the investigations
it was revealed that the local police had made a conscious
effort to cover up the case.

Sister Abhaya`s body was found in the well of the St Pius
convent in Kerela on March 27, 1992. The local police had
filed a closure report before a court in Kerela stating that
Abhaya had committed suicide. "CBI investigations revealed that it was a homicide. In
November 2008, we arrested Father Thomas M Kottur and Father E
Jose Puthrikayil for the murder of Abhaya," Kandaswamy said.

The chargesheet filed by CBI in July last year includes
the statements of two retired sub-inspectors M K Scaria and M
Thomas of the local police who have stated how evidence in the
case was fabricated, he added.

According to the joint director, the recent Supreme Court
order on the ban of narco-analysis tests in the absence of the
accused`s consent is a major set-back for investigating
agencies.

"Scientific tests like narco analysis are very useful
tools in investigation. The absence of such an aid would make
investigation in certain cases difficult," Kandaswamy said.

-PTI

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