In a virtual address to officials of all CBI Branches in the country, Sinha said that CBI has today become a national premier investigation agency having many specialized units as Cyber Crime, Anti-Human Trafficking, Sports Integrity Unit, Cyber & Hi-Tech Crime Investigation & Training (CHCIT) Centre, On-line Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation Prevention/Investigation Unit, INTERPOL Coordination Unit for acting as nodal agency for all Indian LEAs with INTERPOL, Special Crime Zone to investigate offences referred to it by Constitutional Courts or State Governments, besides Anti Corruption, Economic Offences, Bank Frauds, Narcotics, Wildlife etc.
He also said the credibility of CBI is exemplified from the fact that Constitutional Courts and State Governments have been referring large number of matters to CBI. CBI is growing in strength and competence and adapting to new challenges in investigation. He emphasized that CBI has gained trust of constitutional courts and general public at large over the years.
In addition to these functions, he added, CBI enjoys the status of National Central Bureau of India to communicate to other countries through 194-member countries of channels of Interpol. In this way, CBI assists different law enforcement agencies of India as well as different member countries to trace international fugitives, absconders etc.
Sinha added that CBI has recently brought out the updated Crime Manual-2020 after 15 years. The previous Crime Manual was published in 2005, thereafter, significant developments took place that necessitated the bringing out of a new Edition of the Manual. An exercise was also undertaken to update our circulars and in this process more than 40 circulars/office memorandums were updated.
The acting CBI Director also emphasized that there is an increasing demand of CBI investigation which is a proof of trusts and faith of India.
Sinha also lauded the work undertaken by CBI officers & staff during the unprecedented Covid pandemic by continuing investigation as before despite a large number of our personnel being affected themselves & few of them succumbing to it.
R.K. Shukla, former Director, CBI also greeted officers & staff and stressed that CBI is ready to take up future challenges. He felt that CBI will achieve the challenge of timely investigation and greater professionalism.
A total of 56 CBI personnel have been selected for Director CBI’s Commendation Certificate and Cash Rewards.