Probe agencies apathetic to rise in cyber crimes: Orissa HC

The court observed cyber crime PS are not vibrant in their actions
Orissa High Court.
Orissa High Court.(File photo)

CUTTACK: Calling for efficient and effective tackling of cyber crime cases, which are on an alarming rise in the state, the Orissa High Court has observed that the investigating agencies are adopting lackadaisical approach to the menace.

While disposing of a petition on Tuesday, the single judge bench of Justice Chittaranjan Dash said though the government has a number of robust policies to tackle cyber crime investigation, the investigating agencies while being confronted with the cases are adopting a lackadaisical attitude.

Dr Biswajit Lenka, a geoscientist of the Geological Survey of India had filed the petition in which he alleged inaction by the cyber crime police station (VSS Nagar, Bhubaneswar) on his complaint regarding some miscreants posting slanderous write-ups, articles about him on Google. While seeking the court’s intervention, the petitioner alleged that the investigating agency has remained silent on the matter and allowed the mischief-mongers to continue posting insulting remarks about him.

On the affidavit filed by additional secretary Home department, Justice Dash said, “Awareness programmes and other activities have been taken to make aware the people at large about the cyber crimes, but they would be a futile effort if the investigating agencies are not aware of their duties to come in action promptly upon the information, as has happened in the instant case.”

He further directed the IIC Cyber Crime & Economic Offence, Bhubaneswar to make sure investigation in the case is completed within a reasonable period and to apprehend the accused person(s) irrespective of their place or position, in the event sufficient evidence is available against them.

From the affidavit, Justice Dash said, it is evident that though a number of cyber crime police stations have started functioning, they are not vibrant in their action despite lodging of the complaint(s) with them.

“Invariably it is complained that the report lodged with the cyber crime PS is not accepted or attended to on the ground of certain criteria/jurisdictional issue. It is also not clear as to under which circumstance, the matter in respect of the investigation of a cyber crime is to be taken up by the Cyber Crime PS and/or the general PS. This should be made clear by an information to be widely circulated through the print/electronic media, which will ease the problem of the people at large,” Justice Dash further directed in the February 20 order.

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