Range Inspectors General (IGs) of Police can now transfer nine categories of cases, including murders in which no significant progress has been made after 15 days and that of seizure of spirit exceeding 5,000 litres, to the Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID).

As per a directive issued by the State Police Chief, the IGs will not have to seek prior “reference” of the police headquarters to transfer cases in these nine categories to the CB-CID, specialised unit responsible for investigating complicated cases. The IGs of Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Kannur will have to “intimate” the transfer of the cases to the Additional Director-General of Police (Crimes) and the headquarters.

Official sources told The Hindu the directive would put more pressure on the local police to carry out earnest and swift investigation of the cases.

Inter-State women trafficking cases, explosions in which more than one person is killed, theft of government arms and ammunition, and counterfeit currency cases can be transferred to the CB-CID.

Cheating, fraud cases

Cases of cheating or fraud by private financial institutions where the total transactions involved or the deposits collected by the accused exceed Rs.2 crore or cases of similar nature involving the same accused can also be transferred.

Cases, other than traffic accident cases, in which police officers of and above the rank of the circle inspector figure as accused can be transferred. Petitions endorsed by the courts under Section 156(3) of the Cr.PC are exempted.

In murder cases in which the accused had not been identified in the FIR, the State Police Chief have directed that a copy of the FIR will have to be given to the Superintendent, CB-CID, of the concerned area as soon as the case is registered.

At present, the cases are entrusted to the CB-CID generally by the State Police Chief, the government or the High Court on the basis of petitions.

The concept of the CB-CID was conceived as the district police are burdened with a host of duties and cannot devote committed time for investigation. The CB-CID investigates about 450 cases annually.