CBI to depute officers in Indian missions abroad



New Delhi: With over 250 judicial requests pending in various countries, CBI will post three of its DIG- level officials at the Indian missions in London, New York and Dubai for pursuing speedy execution of Letters Rogatory.

CBI Director A P Singh said the three countries -- the UK, the US and the UAE -- have agreed in-principle to the idea and the steps for the same may be finalised soon.

Singh said interactions with US authorities have revealed that large number of such requests remain pending with them and requires initiative from the agency to pursue such requests for information about crimes.

Execution of Letters Rogatory (LR) remain one of the major hurdles in concluding a case, Singh, who demits office on the last day of this month, told reporters.

"Apart from manpower, there are certain functional constraints before us, which include delays in executing LRs and delay in obtaining prosecution sanctions. LRs is a tedious process, and to facilitate LR execution, posts of liaison officers in some key countries has been proposed," he said.

Singh said there are several cases involving arms dealers and defence deals under probe, which require comprehensive investigation including execution of LRs.

Several cases including those related to 2G scam, Tatra-BEML, Aircel-Maxis, Satyam fraud, arms dealer Abhishek Verma are pending because of execution of Letters Rogatory is pending with various countries, he said.

The probe agency has sent its teams to tax havens like Isle of Man, Mauritius besides countries like the US, Malaysia South Africa and the UK to press for quick disposal of Letters Rogatory.

PTI