14th JANUARY 2014
CBI tells govt to take steps to monitor
With the growing misuse of social media to create trouble, the CBI has recommended that the government should take steps to “patrol and monitor” social networking sites and develop protocols for collection of information and intelligence from the public.
The CBI recommendations, made at the Directors General of Police conference in November 2013, were made public recently. The suggestions came at a time the security establishment had run-ins with social media operators on providing information, which the government has sought from them.
In the presentation, the CBI has identified a series of challenges posed by social media, including rumour mongering, instigating riots, flash protests, harassing women and children,disseminating false propaganda through fake accounts and creating fake accounts of people and organisations.It cited the exodus of northeast youth from Bangalore and the circulation of a fake video during Muzaffarnagar riots among other things in this regard.
With India estimated to have an internet population of 200 million, the CBI is of the view that there is a need to set up round-the-clock monitoring mechanisms at central and state levels.
The government should also bring out a policy for using social media for outreach. The CBI said the government should also develop protocols for use of social networks for collection of information and intelligence from the public.
“Build capacities to patrol and monitor social media. Have working relationship with social media providers,” the CBI had said.The agency also pointed out how technology was used to turn the tables on criminals. It cited the practices adopted by police in Toronto and New York for investigative purposes and identified 10 major cities of India using social media for citizen engagement in traffic regulation as one of the best practices adopted in the country.
The CBI also commended the social media monitoring cells operated by police forces of Delhi and Mumbai.The social media could be used in several ways for policing purposes, including retaining profile status updates, following a user and lawful intercepts.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on several occasions highlighted the problem of miscreants using social media to foment trouble in the country. Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim had noted that security agencies in India were handicapped with technical and procedural constraints.
11th JANUARY 2014
CBI unearths major recruitment
scam in IMA, books 3 Lt Cols
Unearthing a major recruitment scam in the Indian Military Academy here, the CBI has booked three serving Lieutenant Colonels in connection with the case.
Lieutenant Colonels Akhilesh Mishra, Jagdish Bishnoi and Ambarish Tiwari have been accused of issuing fake experience certificates to candidates in recruitments to group C and D cadres of the prestigious institute in 2011-2012, CBI sources said here today.
A regular case was filed by the apex investigating agency against the trio earlier this week, they said.The accused, charged with forgery, conspiracy and issuing fake certificates to candidates, are likely to be interrogated soon, they said, adding some arrests in connection with the case may also be made.
The accused officers had allegedly issued forged documents to pave the way for recruitment of 34 candidates and helped in replacing the original answer sheets of 16 others to help them clear the written test, they said.
5th January 2014
CBI registers case against Army
officer for bribe
The CBI has registered a case against a Brigadier working with the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) for allegedly fudging trial flight records of helicopters.The CBI received a document from Italy that shows that the officer demanded five million Euro bribe in 2010 from AgustaWestland.
The case under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered Brigadier V S Saini and unknown officers of the Army and the Defence Ministry after the agency received a fresh set of documents from Italian police, CBI officials said.
Saini and others have been also charged with abuse of official position and forgery among others. The Brigadier could not be reached for comments.The CBI claimed that Saini was part of the team carrying out trials of helicopters.
The AAC was planning to purchase 197 light helicopters to replace its ageing Cheetah and Chetak fleet.These choppers were meant to undertake reconnaissance and casualty evacuation operations in forward locations and high-altitude areas like Siachen, Ladakh, North Kashmir and Northeast. However, the acquisition process was cancelled in December 2007.
During the investigations into the VVIP chopper deal involving AgustaWestland, the Italian investigators found mention of Saini in documents seized by them. In the VVIP chopper deal, former Air Chief S P Tyagi and 12 others were named and recently the government scrapped the deal with AgustaWestland.
Saini is accused of fudging the records of the trial flight of the helicopter to favour the company for which he and other unknown officers have received hefty commission.
25th DECEMBER 2013
More teeth to CBI: Prosecution wing
now under agency director
In a major step towards allowing more autonomy to CBI, government has placed the agency’s legal wing, which used to report to Law Ministry, under the command of the CBI Director, making his word final in investigations.
CBI sources said that the Directorate of Prosecution has been now placed under the stewardship of the agency director, who will not only see to the promotions and postings but also write the annual confidential reports, as done earlier by Law Ministry.The Directorate of Prosecution in CBI is responsible for conducting and supervising cases pending trial, appeal and revision in courts.
The Director of Prosecution was the chief functionary of the Prosecution Wing of CBI and was vested with powers of direction and control over prosecuting officers. Those powers have now passed to the CBI Director.
In a number of cases, the probe by the agency was overturned by the Directorate of Prosecution; but the new arrangement gives to the CBI Director the power to a final view on investigations and, subsequently, the charge sheets.
The Lokpal Bill, which has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, also provides for the DoP headed by the Director of Prosecution to be placed under the CBI director.The Lokpal Bill says that the Director of Prosecution will be appointed in consultation with the Lokpal and CVC.
17th DECEMBER 2013
I-T Joint Comm among two arrested
by CBI for taking bribe
CBI today arrested two Income Tax officials, including Joint Commissioner of Income Tax S Shivanandan in Odisha, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs five lakh from a person.
According to the agency, Income Tax sleuths had raided house of an individual R K Shukla in Dhinkanal, 25 kilometres from state capital Bhubanesawar, for alleged tax evasion.
Shukla approached the CBI and claimed that one I-T officer Narayan Nayak was allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs five lakh for stopping an enquiry against him, the agency said.
A trap was laid and Nayak was arrested allegedly while accepting the bribe from Shukla, the CBI said, adding searches were conducted at his residence which led the sleuths to Joint Commissioner’s door steps as some of the documents seized from his house indicated Shaivanandan’s involvement.
31ST OCTOBER 2013
CVC on ANTI-CORRUPTION
A suspended additional director general of police (ADGP) in Tamil Nadu, who was heading the intelligence wing, and a superintendent of police (SP) with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were among the 14 officers against whom the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recommended sanction to prosecute for corrupt practices in the recent past.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the CVC said it had processed 2,940 complaints, including 22 whistle blower complaints, in September and sought investigation or factual reports in 97 of them from the ministries or departments.
Among the officers against whom advice for prosecution sanction has been given are M S Jaffar Sait, a 1986-batch IPS officer who was suspended following the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) allegedly allotting a housing plot under the Government Discretionary Quota in the name of his wife in Tiruvanmiyur.
Another officer against whom the CVC has recommended sanction for prosecution is Vivek Dutt, an SP with the CBI. Dr Pradeep Kumar, a 1991-batch IAS officer who was Jharkhand Health Secretary, is also on the list.
Meanwhile, the Centre has sought nominations for anti-corruption officials to be appointed on deputation in 27 Central Public Sector Enterprises against existing and future vacancies.
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