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HC directs Govt to provide facilities to CBI

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the government to provide enough facilities to the investigating agency-- CBI -- to expedite the process of law.

While hearing the Rs 4000 crore housing scam, a division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain said in many cases accused were granted bail due to delay in investigation and collection of evidence as the institution like CFSL did not have enough staff.

The Court asked the Union Home Secretary to look into the matter to sort out the matter in four weeks.

''Impression goes out that offenders are not brought to book by the criminal justice system on account of lack of proper evidence examination sytem with the CBI,'' said the bench in its order.

Filing its status report, the CBI today said 11 out of 20 accused involved in the 97 housing societies referred to the CBI in the second lot had been absconding.

The investigation so far revealed that some of the accused had been hiding in Kolkota and Chennai. Nine accused including former RCS Narayan Diwakar, builder Srichand, Saxena were in judicial custody.

These housing societies had been allotted land since 2001 and the building were either completed the buildings or under construction in Dwarka area of South-West Delhi.

Cousel Harish Gulati appearing for CBI submitted that the investigation was getting delayed as the CFSL was yet to verify the signatures on the forged documents. ''It came to light that one single person forged the signature of 450 members of different societies,'' said Mr Gulati.

The CBI had filed 97 PEs and 11 chargesheets in the lower court.

The investigation in relation to six cases were in advanced stage, Mr Gulati said.

While fixing July 18 for the next date of hearing, the Court asked the CBI to file the final status report in this regard within eight weeks.

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