CHENNAI/PUDUCHERRY: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to set up a separate unit of the premier investigating agency in the union territory of Puducherry.
The CBI’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in Chennai which has so far been covering Puducherry also and all other districts of Tamil Nadu except those earmarked for CBI unit at Madurai, has been facing certain limitations and hence a new unit of CBI is to be opened in Puducherry, an official order from CBI in New Delhi said.
The CBI'’ ACB unit in Chennai had a vast territory to cover and difficulties in collecting intelligence and travel logistics have now prompted the organisation to have an separate unit for the Union Territory.
Further, 65 cases of ACB Chennai are presently pending trial in the courts at Puducherry, it said, adding, setting up of a unit in Puducherry will help reduce the travelling time for officers. The unit will have “greater impact” on the anti-corruption drive in the union territory, it added.
The Puducherry Lt Governor, Dr Kiran Bedi in a message thanked the Prime Minister, Home minister and minister for personnel and the director of CBI “for accepting our request to open a branch of the CBI in Puducherry.”
It would help to “tighten the leash" on graft in the Union Territory and instil hope in the minds of the people, she noted....