Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Personnel Shri V.Narayanasamy Inaugurates the First Interpol Global Programme on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery hosted by CBI; says Government committed to eradicate corruption, several policy initiatives undertaken to ensure accountability, transparency and to tackle trans-border corruption
Director CBI, Shri Amar Pratap Singh says recovery of ill-gotten assets is a legal challenge; calls for innovative solutions and the support of the global community in fighting corruption

Press Release
New Delhi , 13.02.2012

            The First Interpol Global Programme on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery for Investigators and Prosecutors, being hosted by the Central Bureau of Investigation was inaugurated by Hon'ble Union Minister of State (PMO, Personnel & Public Grievances) Shri V.Narayanasamy on Monday, 13th February, 2012 in New Delhi.

 

            This is the first such International Training Programme of its kind for police officers, investigators and prosecutors of the Interpol member countries, and is being jointly conducted by the Interpol's Anti-Corruption Office( ACO) and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

 

            Inaugurating the Programme, MoS (PP) Shri V. Narayanasamy said the Government of India is committed to fighting the menace of corruption and has taken several initiatives in this direction. He said that India ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in June, 2011. Shri Narayanasamy added that the Government has introduced several significant legislations such as the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials Bill; the Lokpal & Lokayukta Bill; and the Whistleblowers Bill, in a bid to make India corruption free. Shri Narayanasamy added that a process of due diligence has been initiated to curb corruption in the private sector.

 

            The Minister said that recovering and attaching assets created through corrupt means is an important aspect which needs full attention. Delay or inability to recover ill-gotten assets vitiates the entire process of law enforcement. Shri Narayanasamy expressed happiness that these aspects will be given importance in the Global Programme on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery. He said such global training programmes should be a continuous process, and contents should be suited to user requirements.

 

            In his Welcome Address, Director CBI Shri Amar Pratap Singh, said that systems and procedures which are opaque, complicated, centralized and discretionary are a fertile breeding ground for corruption. Shri Singh said while new methods of financial flow and technology have made it easier to conceal ill gotten wealth across the country, inadequate international cooperation , high costs and differences in legal systems make it difficult to recover such assets.

 

            Director CBI highlighted the complex issue of jurisdiction in asset recovery, and pointed out that criminals use this very aspect to their advantage, often spreading the crime over two or more jurisdictions. The global financial market, he said, allows money to travel further and faster than ever before. Lack of political will in tax haven States to part with information also adds to the challenge to trace ill-gotten assets.

 

            Shri Amar Pratap Singh called for innovative solutions to tackle corruption as it is a complex socio-economic and cultural phenomenon. The support of the global community through INTERPOL and other multilateral organizations is essential in tackling corruption and asset recovery. He hoped that the Global Programme will sensitize participating countries to mutual legal assistance in trans border investigations.

 

            Director General BPR&D (Bureau of Police Research & Development) Shri Vikram Srivastava, was the Guest of Honour at the function. He emphasized the importance of global cooperation in tackling corruption and asset recovery.

 

            The Global Programme on Anti-Corruption and Asset Recovery (13-18 February, 2012) hosted by the CBI, is being attended by 39 police officers, investigators and prosecutors from various INTERPOL member countries from across the world, including Australia, Afghanistan, China, Hongkong, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore , Philippines and India.

 

            The main purpose of the Global Programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills of investigators and prosecutors in tracking assets of mass corruption, and making effective use of legal assistance in international and trans-border investigations.

 

            Various Sessions of the programme will be addressed by Senior officers of the Interpol & the CBI Representatives of the UNODC, Senior Officers of the Enforcement Directorate, Experts from the American Bar Association, Chartered Accountants and Cyber Forensic experts will also share their experiences and expertise with the participants.

 






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