Probe agencies must have delicate balance between search, seizure powers and privacy rights: CJI Chandrachud | India News

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Monday said, the premier investigative agencies of the country have been spread too thin and they must only focus on cases that involve national security and crimes against the nation.
CJI Chandrachud, delivering the 20th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on CBI Raising Day, highlighted the evolving crime landscape due to technology, posing complex challenges for the agency.
“The CBI is being increasingly asked to delve into a diverse array of criminal cases beyond its role as anti-corruption investigative agency. This places a huge responsibility on CBI to live upto its motto,” Justice Chandrachud said.
“I think we have spread out the premier investigative agencies too thin. They must only focus on those that concern national security and crimes of economic offences against the nation,” the Chief Justice added, pointing out that the force consists largely of officers on deputation.
Chandrachud also asked the investigative agencies to “pick their battles”, saying instead of spreading out too thinly in various cases, they should concentrate on crimes that threaten security and economic health of the country and public order.
Chandrachud proposed digitizing the investigation process, starting from the filing of First Information Reports, as a solution. Leveraging technology is crucial to mitigate delays due to the high volume of cases.
“All arms of the criminal justice administration and all stakeholders including the FSLs must collaborate by holding workshops to help confront challenges we face,” he said.
Structural reforms should upgrade the probe agency. Additionally, harnessing artificial intelligence is essential for optimal outcomes. Justice Chandrachud termed it a “game changer” in criminal justice, capable of revolutionizing investigations by mining leads and data with unparalleled accuracy.

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