The probe into the Rs. 14,000-crore Satyam fraud, clean chit to Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Bofors payoff scam and a number of high- profile cases kept the country’s premier investigating agency busy in 2009.

The agency probing the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir gave a clean chit to four police officials.

After three years of probe, CBI in December filed a charge sheet against the two sons of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala.

Acting on the Andhra Pradesh government’s request, CBI had on February 18 taken over probe into the Satyam case leading to the arrest of former chairman B Ramalingam Raju, MD B Rama Raju and ex-CFO Vadlamani Srinivas.

On January 7, Raju confessed to have cooked the company’s account books and inflated profits over the past several years. The probe in the case has been completed and the agency has filed two chargesheets.

Former Union minister Sukhram was convicted and sentenced on February 25 to undergo three years’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 2 lakh in a disproportionate assets case.

In a first of its kind incident, senior RAW officer A S Narayan Rao was on February 3 arrested by CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh from a Chennai-based manufacturer.

Prime accused in the three-year-old Nithari killings, Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli were awarded death sentence by a CBI court in February for the rape and murder of 14-year-old girl Rimpa Halder. Sixteen more cases are under judicial process.

In April, giving a twist to its probe in the Rs 64-crore Bofors scam, CBI asked Interpol to take off the name of Quattrocchi from the Red Corner notice list in which he had been put at India’s behest.

The CBI carried out a number of anti-corruption drives and arrested various government officials during the year and recovered crore of rupees. A majority of them were from Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority, Insurance companies, Customs, All India Council of Technical Education and University Grants Commission.

CBI registered a case in May against an IGP and a Commandant, CRPF Bihar Sector and six private persons in the CRPF Constables recruitment scam.

In June, the CBI sought extension of the term of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) -- probing the conspiracy behind former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

The agency also launched a nationwide drive against corruption in June and registered 69 cases of corruption and alleged irregularities by public functionaries. During the drive, CBI also registered one case of alleged corruption in the Railway Recruitment Board, Allahabad.

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