Cyber Crime Investigation Programme-6 Nov 2019

Wednesday, 6th November, 2019

Conference Hall, SSP Office, Surajpur, Greater NOIDA

On 6th November, 2019, a group of faculties and students led by Prof.Dr. N.K. Bahl, Dean, DME Law School and Prof.Dr.Bhavish Gupta, HOA, DME Law School conducted One Day Workshop with the Police officials of GautamBuddh Nagar District to create awareness around cybercrime investigation techniques. We were joined by Dr. Deepak Raj Rao G. Assistant Professor(Computer Forensics), NICFS and Mr.Anil Kumar Upadhyaya, Ex Banker and Visiting Faculty, CBI Academy to head the sessions of the workshop.

Technological advancements and investigative processes go hand in hand in real non virtual criminal investigation scenarios. Better and modern technology leads to more efficient criminal investigations. Cybercrimes, on the other hand presents that dogma in criminal investigation where this proportional relationship between technology and investigation inverses itself. Higher technological advancements give a better platform to the cyber criminals to hide their digital footprints and makes it ever more difficult for the law and order authorities to keep a track of them. Hence, this workshop aimed to have an interactive session with the Police officials to give them an insight into the myriad world of cybercrime investigation.

The workshop was divided into three sessions, each headed by the keynote speakers dealing with different developments in the field of cybercrime investigation. The team, along with the guest speakers were greeted by Mr.VaibhavKrishan, SSP, GautamBuddh Nagar District which commenced the one day workshop.

The first session was chaired by Prof.Dr.N.K. Bahl, Dean, DMELawschool. The topic of the session was “Unlocking the labyrinth of Section 65B, Indian Evidence Act. Section 65B deals with the admissibility of electronic records and evidence. Prof.Bahl stressed that the Supreme Court has often through various judicial pronouncements tried to dispel the confusions around this section, which remains to be a source of problem for the collection of evidence by the concerned authorities. The use of the word “shall” in the section comprehends the requirement of an electronic certificate to be essential in nature. However after Shafhi Mohammad v. State of Himachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court has made the requirement of certificate from the original source as a mere obligatory procedure and not mandatory in nature. This came as a surprise to many Police Officials who were not aware of these developments in the legal field.

The second session was chaired by Dr. Deepak Raj Ra G. Assistant Professor (Computer Forensics LokNayak Jai Prakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science. His topic of deliberation and discussion was, “Pre-Search Considerations, Search and Seizure of Digital Evidences from Crime Scene”. He have an in depth information about the techniques to handle the digital evidences as they are more prone to destruction and tampering. He stressed on the securing of the digital evidence in a manner that protects and preserves the evidence. The interesting part of the session was that Dr. Deepak asserted that even in the absence of high ended technology, one can use basic things at their disposal to secure digital evidences such as data chips, mobile phones and such other hardwares, such as body bags. The problem arises in the securing of software data for which one has to be extra careful in dealing.

The third session was headed by Mr. Anil Kumar Upadhyaya, an ex-banker and a visiting professor to the CBI Academy who took up the topic of “Financial Frauds Investigation Procedure”. He stressed on the fact that the financial crimes have gained an upper hand after various technological developments in the virtual world. He enlightened everyone with the newly introduced The Banning of Unregulated Deposits Scheme Act, 2019 which gives unparalleled powers to the police authorities to nab the Ponzi scheme acts happening across the world.

All the sessions were followed by quite insightful discussions by all the authority and the sessions came to a fruitful end with the vote of thanks by the SSP, GauutamBuddh Nagar.