CBI to be more powerful, govt enacting law

Taking a step forward in its fight against corruption, the Centre is considering a recommendation to give more powers to CBI by enacting a law which will empower it to probe graft cases nationwide without the consent of the state governments.

 If it comes into being, the proposed law will give statutory powers to the investigation agency specifically to look into corruption cases and prosecute offenders all over the country, highly placed official sources said.

 As per the proposal, which is at a nascent stage, the law will be enacted close on the lines of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008.

Sources said the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions will soon hold a meeting with Ministry of Law and Justice and certain officials of the CBI to devise a road map for the legislation.

 “The government is considering a proposal for giving statutory powers to CBI. Its main thrust is to minimize overlapping powers of state and central government investigating agencies,” a senior Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) official said.

 However, the official said “no decision” has been taken by the Ministry on it as yet.

 At present, the Central Bureau of Investigation functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act. As per the Act, CBI requires consent from the state governments to probe and prosecute an official working under their control.

 The proposal was also discussed by a Parliamentary Standing Committee which had in May this year recommended a legislation giving statutory powers to CBI for the purpose terming it as a “dire need”.

Court defers framing of charges in 2008 Delhi blasts

A Delhi court Monday deferred till Jan 31 the framing of charges against 14 suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists for their alleged involvement in carrying out serial blasts here in 2008, in which 26 people were killed.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann deferred the case and asked defence counsel to be prepared with arguments on framing of charges against the accused.

The court also asked the counsel to ascertain if the date of arrest of the accused mentioned in the court record was correct.

All the accused are facing charges under penal provisions including murder, attempt to murder and waging war against the nation, under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

Four blasts at Connaught Place, Karol Bagh and Greater Kailash shook Delhi Sep 13, 2008. Fourteen people, allegedly belonging to Indian Mujahideen which claimed responsibility for the bombing, are among the accused against whom the charges are likely to be framed