Pune to get its CBI court by MarchInfo Guide — By The Desk on January 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Indian Express: Pune’s special court to deal with cases of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to start functioning from March end, said Vidya Kulkarni, superintendent of police, CBI, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Pune. The former director of CBI had announced last year in July that Pune will be one of the six cities in the state to have special CBI courts, other than Mumbai, Amravati and Nagpur.
“We are looking for rented premises in Pimpri Chinchwad, preferably closer to the CBI-ACB office in Akurdi. The director will write to Bombay High Court registrar regarding the same. Our target is to start the court by March end,” Kulkarni said. There will be one court with staff that would exclusively hear CBI cases. The court is supposed to dispose of cases within two years from the date of filing the charge-sheet.
“These exclusive courts are expected to hold day-to-day trials and avoid unnecessary adjournments. In order to ensure that trials are conducted expeditiously and judgments delivered quickly, we have decided to adhere to the norm of a maximum of 50 cases per court and not more than 50 cases per prosecuting officer. Further, we propose to create prosecution teams to assist all CBI prosecutors,” Kumar had said while announcing the CBI special courts.
It has been two years that the CBI-ACB has its presence in Pune. Apart from Pune district, the Pune regional office also has its jurisdiction in Aurangabad, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Solapur, Beed, Ahmednagar, Osmanabad and Jalna. “There are more than 65 cases which were investigated by the CBI are pending trial in certain special courts.
In these special courts too the trials are delayed because of various other works assigned to them. On an average, we register 12-15 cases every month,” a CBI official said. These cases are currently being heard by special judge J D Kulkarni in the Shivajinagar court premises.