5 Cases That put CBI in the Dock

CBI is an organisation to indict those in power and riches; its record shows that through unconventional methods of inquiries, it commands respect from the common people in India. Notwithstanding its supremacy, the organisation is still clueless about many incidents of crimes and cheatings and it has thrown in the towel after drawing blank from the dark nature of incidents.

CBIThe five cases, where CBI inquiry has withered in the vine, are mentioned below:

Ottavio Quottrochi

Perhaps, Bofors remained the longest pending scandal in political history of India. Raising a political storm in the nation for the involvement of then prime-minister late Rajiv Gandhi, the case began in the eighties and ended on a completely dissatisfactory note in the year, 2009. The involvement of CBI in trailing the main conduit in the case, Ottavio Quottrochi, continued for almost one and half decade, finally zeroing  in on nothing. The riddle behind the curtain of Bofors case still remains unsolved.

Aarushi murder case

Although hundreds of heartless murders take place every day in India, the intriguing nature of the killing of the teenager in New Delhi, Aarushi, jolted the conscience of the nation that brought a collective claim from people to conduct an impartial inquiry by CBI. Although, the incident took place on 16th May, 2008, the investigation has hardly shown any progress, while the public waits with bated breath to know what happened to the lives of the innocent teenager and the domestic servant, Hemraj.

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Nithari killings

It appeared from the dark nature of deaths in Nithari case that the culprit was inspired by the classic of Alfred Hitchcock- Psycho.  The gruesome serial killings were discovered by the local people of Nithari-a small area in Noida near New Delhi. Although, the owner of that particular palatial house Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender  Koli were arrested on the charges that they murdered the innocents in their house on the pretext of giving them work,  doubts persist that number of those killed was never actually ascertained. CBI has finally failed to convict the main accused Moninder Singh Pandher, passing the bucks entirely to his servant, Koli.

Anti-Sikh Riots

The year 1984 saw the serial pogroms of members of Sikh community that took place in the wake of ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination.  Although, CBI was entrusted with the inquiry work of ascertaining the role of Congressman Jagdish Tytler, years of inquiry went in vain when the agency filed a closure report in the court. Later in April 2013, the Karkardooma court in Delhi passed a historic verdict by rejecting the CBI’s closure report and ordered a fresh probe into former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler’s role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The court also disapproved the clean chit given by the CBI to Tytler in 2007 and 2009.


The credibility of CBI came under a cloud, when the Supreme Court directed the government to make the agency an autonomous body. The apex court came down heavily on the CBI and the government by terming the agency a “caged parrot” after the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha admitted that the probe report into the allocation of coal blocks was shared with the former law minister Ashwani Kumar and officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and the coal ministry.

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