Till February this year, the corporate affairs ministry has ordered investigations through SFIO into the affairs of 208 firms, the minister of state for corporate affairs said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
In comparison, a total of 111 companies were under the scanner of SFIO in the entire 2016-17, 184 in 2015-16 and 71 in 2014-15.
The SFIO continues to grapple with staff crunch with half of the sanctioned posts remaining vacant.
It has a total of 133 sanctioned positions. Out of these, only 66 positions are filled while the rest are vacant. In additional a total of 35 experts of various fields are presently engaged as consultants, Chaudhary said.
The agency is a multidisciplinary organisation having experts for prosecution of white collar crimes and frauds under the companies law.
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