CBI & INTERPOL AGREE TO SET UP A RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTRE FOR PREVENTION OF TELECOMMUNICATION CRIME IN INDIA

Press Release
New Delhi , 16-12-2011

 

Dr. Ronald K.Noble, Secretary General, Interpol visited CBI(HQ) on 15th & 16th December, 2011, and held discussions with CBI officers on various issues.

 

During discussions held, it is broadly agreed that a CBI - INTERPOL Research and Innovation Centre for Prevention of Telecommunication crime would be established in India. This Centre would have partnership with top academic institutions, research centres and private sector. The Centre would also invite participation of telecommunication crime investigators, researchers and experts from other INTERPOL member countries. This partnership would help bring to the table problems/solutions/best practices from all around the world. The Centre would also identify research projects to be undertaken and get the same executed through partner research / academic institutions. This initiative would make CBI a global hub for research and innovation to effectively tackle telecom cyber crime.

 

It was also agreed that the present procedure to get information/evidence with regard to IP addresses, subscribers details etc. from different jurisdictions is cumbersome, wherein most of the countries insist on sending a formal Letter Rogatory under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties. This often leads to loss of evidence. It was agreed that we need a mechanism, whereby IT (Information Technology) intermediaries across the globe can be linked to a single interface for Law Enforcement Agencies. It was agreed that INTERPOL is the agency best equipped to execute this project.

 

The main purpose of Secretary General, Interpol's visit is to work on an institutional mechanism for tackling telecom cyber crimes involving partnership between CBI, research/academic bodies, private sector and Interpol.

 

The Secretary General also visited the CBI Academy this morning and was shown the facilities and trainings being conducted. CBI Academy will be organizing International Training programmes for participants from INTERPOL member countries. The training would be held in the areas of Investigation of Cyber Crimes; Multi-Jurisdictional Investigations. The first such course is scheduled to be held in February, 2012 and the subject is "Challenges in investigation of Corruption, Asset Tracing and Asset Recovery cases".

 

Another important purpose of his visit was to explore the possibility of a tie-up between ICC/BCCI and Interpol to strengthen their anti-corruption apparatus. In this context, it is pertinent to note that INTERPOL, with support from FIFA, is coming up with a dedicated centre at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore for promoting Integrity in Sports.

 

The Secretary General has also offered India an opportunity to host a Global INTERPOL Conference in New Delhi during 2012.

 

In the present age, where trans-national crimes, requiring multi-jurisdictional investigations are becoming the norm, the need for international cooperation and coordination amongst various Law Enforcement Agencies is acute. INTERPOL, with 190 member countries, is in a unique position to provide this coordination, which it has been doing since 1923.


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