Diamond Jubilee of CBI

On April 3, 2023, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The CBI was established by a resolution of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on April 1, 1963, and has been the premier investigating agency in India since then.

Investiture Ceremony

During the programme, an Investiture Ceremony was held for the recipients of the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Gold Medal for Best Investigating Officers of CBI, wherein the Prime Minister conferred medals to the awardees. It was a proud moment for the recipients, who had worked tirelessly to uphold the law and order of the country.

Newly Constructed Office Complexes

As part of the celebrations, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed office complexes of CBI in three cities – Shillong, Pune, and Nagpur. The move is expected to boost the CBI’s capabilities and improve its efficiency in conducting investigations across the country.

Release of Commemorative Items

To mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebration year of CBI, the Prime Minister released a Postage Stamp and Commemorative Coin, which will serve as a reminder of this historic event. On this occasion, he also released several publications. These include the updated Administration Manual of CBI, an Almanac on Bank Frauds – case studies and learning, In pursuit of justice – Supreme Court Judgements in CBI Cases, and a handbook on International Police cooperation for the exchange of foreign located intelligence & evidence.

CBI’s Jurisdiction

The CBI operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and has the authority to investigate breaches of central laws enforceable by the Government of India, multi-state organised crime, multi-agency or international cases. However, it has attracted numerous controversies and criticisms due to various reports of irregular practices, excessive political influence, and a poor conviction rate.

Exemption from the Right to Information Act

It is interesting to note that CBI is exempted from the provisions of the Right to Information Act, which has been a topic of debate and discussion among legal experts and citizens alike. This exemption has been criticised for creating an atmosphere of secrecy and hindering transparency in the functioning of the agency.



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