CBI Current Affairs - 2020

CBI sets up ‘Sport Integrity Unit’ to probe frauds in Sports

In order to control ‘fixing’ in sports, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has established a committed ‘Sport Integrity Unit’ to investigate into cases of fraud, fixing and illegal betting in any sporting event.

Objectives of this Sport Integrity Unit include:

  • Investigating into matters related to sports fraud
  • Battling malpractices in sports
  • Coordinating with sports federations and law enforcement agencies
  • Engaging with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports so so as to come up with a law dealing with corruption in sports

‘Sport Integrity Unit’ would make India one of the very few countries in the world to have a committed unit set up as a part of its federal investigative agency to look into sports fraud. Presently, the US FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Australian Federal Police and some European nations only have a dedicated unit to check sports frauds.

Supreme Court: Persons can be tried despite not being named in FIR

The Supreme Court held that a person can be made an accused by the trial court in case evidence crops up during the proceedings even if he has not been named in the FIR or charge sheet.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam stated that Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) empowers the trial court to summon a person as an accused despite his name not being mentioned by the investigators in the First Information Report (FIR) and charge sheet. This new ruling will be helpful to solve the cases, especially the 2G scam and other high profile cases.

The judgment could have implications in some cases arising out of the 2G scam in which the trial judge had summoned as accused some corporate honchos despite them not being named by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the FIR and charge sheet. Yet, many businessmen have voiced their displeasure and approached the Supreme Court against the trial court’s summoning order. The apex court is yet to pronounce its verdict in the case.