Nearly 9,000 CBI cases pending disposal

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New Delhi, Apr 7 (UNI) Nearly 9000 cases investigated by country's premier investigating agency were pending disposal in various courts.

Sources said here that while the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was taking up fresh cases faster than before, 8,688 case were pending disposal in various courts as in February, 2008.

Out of these cases, 244 cases were pending in different courts for over two decades, including the one dealing with the murder of former Railway Minister Lalit Narain. Narain's case is pending in a court for the past 33 years.

Recently, a parliamentary panel on the functioning of CBI in its report had said 582 out of the total cases were pending for 15-20 years, 1,205 cases were pending for 10-15 years and 2,116 for 5-10 years. Besides, there were 438 cases in which even charges had not been framed for more than 10 years.

In the beginning of this year, the total CBI cases pending trial were 8,705 but the figure came down to 8,688 in February.

During February 2008, CBI registered 64 cases, including 12 'trap' cases where the accused were arrested red-handed. Two cases of disproportionate assests (DA) were also registered by the agency.

The agency had its hand full with 1164 cases pending investigation till February, 2008. The number of cases pending investigation in January this year were 1148.

While in January, 2008, there were 144 cases pending investigation for the last year, the figure rose by 100 in February.

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