`CBI remains most sought after probe agency despite criticism`

CBI Director AP Singh said despite criticism from media, the agency remains the most sought after investigating organisation in the country with people looking towards it for a free, fair and impartial probe.

Ghaziabad: CBI Director AP Singh on Saturday said
despite criticism from media, the agency remains the most
sought after investigating organisation in the country with
people looking towards it for a free, fair and impartial
probe.

Speaking at the investiture ceremony of 14th batch of
trainee sub-inspectors at the CBI Training Academy here, Singh
advised the new recruits to ensure that there should not be
harassment of innocents during a probe, which was even
emphasised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently.

"Though at times we may be criticised in the media but
the demand will be always for a CBI probe. Even you will find
that opposition parties also demand that cases should be
investigated by the CBI. It shows honesty and impartiality of
our investigation that everybody at the end of the day demands
a CBI investigation," Singh said.

The Director said that CBI is conscious of the latest
developments in science and technology to deal with the new
types of crimes and criminals in technology challenging
environment.

"We must modernise so that we are able to tackle latest
style of crime that are taking place because things are
changing very fast. And CBI being a multi-disciplinary agency,
we should be able to investigate economic crime properly also
because there is lot of emphasis on economic crime. There are
lot of such cases coming," he said.

The CBI is fully conscious that a lot of its action has a
major impact on the economy of the country, Singh said.
"It is therefore very important for us to exercise due
diligence during our investigations. While we should ensure
that all the guilty are brought to book, we should also not
harass the innocent," he said.

The CBI Director also handed medals and trophies to new
recruits who excelled during their 32-week course.

Homi Garg won the medal for all round best cadet, best
indoor cadet, GS Solanki was declared best outdoor and best
sports person, DN Jha got medal for best cadet in law, Ajay
Singh Gahalaut won medal for best shooter and Sanjish Nair won
the medal for best cadet in computers.

The Director also laid the foundation stone for the Rs 14
crore phase-II project of the training academy which will have
a museum, forensics lab and a swimming pool.

Singh asked the Academy Incharge DIG (Training) Sujit
Pandey to incorporate electronic indoor shooting range in the
expansion plan.

Earlier during the function, Pandey said for the first
time the assessment of cadets has been done by Joint Directors
of the agency where they were subjected to gruelling quizzing
on various aspects of crime, law and case studies.

"The cadets during training were also given detailed
lectures by CBI officers about various high profile cases like
IC-814 hijacking, Mumbai bomb blasts, Syed Modi murder case,"
he said.

PTI

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