Effectively slamming the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a special city court hit out at the probe agency, calling it ‘lazy’. Describing the CBI as “Muddai Sust, Gawah Chust” (the complainant is lazy, but the witness is active), the court criticized it for not being vigilant enough to look into a 37-year-old case, which probably is the oldest criminal case pending in the country.
Criticizing the CBI, the court observed, “As is apparent on the face of the record, this is the best case where an old saying ‘Muddai Sust, Gawah Chust’ has come true in all its spirit. The case was filed by the CBI and hence it should have been vigilant enough to see that the old cases are disposed off as early as possible.”
With the CB deciding to transfer a prosecutor from a court without posting his replacement, the court got infuriated and other than reprimanding the agency, also imposed Rs 10,000 fine on its director of prosecution, charging him for delaying the criminal case.
The court directive came while Special Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal was hearing an age-old case of theft and smuggling. According to documents submitted on the matter, an antique idol was stolen from the ancient Takashakeshwar Mahadev Temple in Allahabad in 1981. Allegedly, the precious idol was then smuggled to New York and the case is now in its final stage of arguments.
However, the special court said that “it cannot put its neck” into the probe agency’s administrative affairs as it is CBI’s discretion to man its human resources. It also mentioned that the court is not raising questions only on why a particular senior public prosecutor was transferred during the hearing of the decade-old matter.
“Why steps in anticipation were not taken by the director prosecution so that no inconvenience is caused to this court for effective disposal of this oldest case and the other old cases in which the hearing was in progress,” said the court.
Special Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal stated that the Supreme Court had specifically asked previous prosecutor BK Singh to get ready for effective disposal of cases which are more than ten years old. Aggarwal further said that Singh was transferred, without an advance notice to the court, at a time when he was ready with all the facts and law of the pending cases.