CBI wants to introduce plea bargain

Last Updated: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 23:50

Kolkata: The CBI on Saturday said it favours
introduction of plea bargain, whereby a defendant is offered
an opportunity to plead guilty usually to a lesser charge or
to the original one with a recommendation of a lighter than
the maximum sentence, to reduce the number of pending cases.

"We would like to introduce the system of plea
bargaining so that we can expedite the process of justice and
reduce the number of cases pending in the country," CBI
Director Ashwini Kumar told reporters here today.
Stating that at present there were 9,000 cases pending
in the country including 740 in West Bengal, he said if the
new system were introduced it would reduce the number of cases
to a considerable degree. "This is where we want to
prioritise."

The central government has, meanwhile, sanctioned 71
additional special courts dedicated to CBI cases only.

"At present there are 46 special courts in the
country with two in West Bengal. An additional 71 courts with
six in the state have been sanctioned," Kumar said.
"Of the six sanctioned three will be set up within two
months in the state. We have got permission from the West
Bengal government and with this we will have five dedicated
courts for CBI cases," Kumar added.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 23:50

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