Central Bureau of Investigation Current Affairs - 2019

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1st National Conference on Cyber Crime Investigation inaugurated in New Delhi

First National Conference on Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics is being held on 4-5 September 2019 at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Headquarters in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla.

Key Highlights

The two-day conference covers one of the mandates of CBI which is to investigate crimes with inter-state and international ramifications.

Conference Objective: To create a platform and bring together investigators, forensic experts, academia and lawyers to discuss challenges related to cybercrime and ways to find solutions.

Need: Cybercrimes pose unique challenges to law enforcement officers and such crimes are complex and require certain skills and forensic skills for detection.

Focus Areas:

To create capacity building and to create a pool of competent investigators, judicial officers, prosecutors and digital forensic analysts who are digitally aware.

To create a platform for sharing good practices to learn from experiences of various State police and Law Enforcement Agencies.

Participants: Around 50 officers including DGPs, ADGPs, and SPs dealing with cybercrime, officials and academia are participating in Conference.

Andhra Pradesh CM allows CBI to enter state

The new state government under newly appointed Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy revoked previous governments’ order of barring Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from conducting raids in state without state government permission.

Key Highlights

Background: The previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government headed by then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu issued a government order number 176 ( GO 176), on 8 November 2018 withdrawing ‘general consent‘ to CBI officers for exercising jurisdiction in state and for investigating corruption charges against central government officials and private persons. This GO barred CBI from conducting raids or carrying out investigations in state without its permission.

Then CM and TDP President, N. Naidu accused Modi government of misusing central agencies such as CBI and Income Tax (IT) department to target TDP leaders, stating this as reason for the order.

Recent Developments:

  • The Yuvajana Sramika Raithu (YSR) Congress Party government under Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy issued new orders allowing CBI to now operate in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The order for cancelling last year’s Government Order was issued by Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary (Home) in exercise of his powers under Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946.
  • CBI will now have all powers to take up corruption and other cases in Andhra Pradesh without requiring any state permission.

About Central Bureau of Investigation

  • CBI is the premier investigative agency, headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It operates under jurisdiction of Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and functions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPEA), 1946. It is not a statutory body.
  • Under Section 6 of DSPEA Act 1946, a state government routinely grants consent to CBI for exercising its authority in the respective state.