The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), between 2010 and 2011 (statistics correct up to Oct. 31, 2011), has registered 1,156 cases against employees of the central and state governments, as well as public sector undertakings, according to a statement by V. Narayanaswamy, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, in the Lok Sabha, on Dec. 7. The Minister also revealed that the numbers included 150 cases relating to corruption and misappropriation of government funds in Maharashtra alone.

Also according to the statement, the number of cases pending further investigation, as on Oct. 31, 2011, was 570. Of the registered 1,156 cases, charge-sheets have been filed in 526 cases and 60 cases have been closed.

Meanwhile, the Minister also said that a committee had been set up to review those CBI cases that had remained pending for more than a decade and would work towards their early disposal.

Apart from the decision to set up the committee, the central government has laid out a scheme for setting up 71 Additional Special Courts for speedy handling of CBI cases.

The government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM), on Jan. 6, 2011 to consider measures that could be taken to tackle corruption. One of the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the GoM was to consider fast tracking all cases of public servants accused of corruption.