The Supreme Court rapped the CBI for delay in examining vital witnesses in the multi-crore rupee National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam cases, in which former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Babu Singh Kushwaha is one of the accused, and asked it to complete the job within three months.The bench was also critical of the probe agency for not being able to examine key witnesses in the four NRHM cases so far and made it clear that the accused may be granted bail by the trial court if CBI defaulted in examining witnesses.
"Incarceration cannot go on for forever. It is unacceptable. You (CBI) give us the time-frame by which you would examine the witnesses otherwise we will grant them bail," the bench observed at the outset.
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