Use of information and communication technology (ICT) for criminal activities is well known. World over cyber criminals and terrorists have been using ICT to further their nefarious activities. Law enforcement and security agencies around the world are trying to infiltrate these technological platforms so that they can prevent untoward incidences before they are committed.
India has launched projects like Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Central Monitoring System (CMS), Internet Spy System Network And Traffic Analysis System (NETRA) of India, etc to infiltrate these technological platforms. Unfortunately, none of them are governed by any Legal Framework and none of them are under Parliamentary Scrutiny.
In one such incidence, the security and law enforcement agencies of India have claimed to have dedicated Maoist rebel network. According to Telegraph India, Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba was questioned yesterday over alleged Maoist links, nearly four months after police searched his home and days after top rebel leader G. Venkatakrishna Prasad surrendered.
Sources in security agencies had said there was a post on a “Maoist-friendly network” saying “What should I do now?” and attributed it to Saibaba. The agencies interpreted the post on the “dedicated rebel network” as an attempt to seek directions from senior CPI (Maoist) leaders. The agencies are trying to unravel the “network” that is understood to be a communication backbone of the Maoists, sources said.
Saibaba’s questioning revolved around files found on his computer’s hard disc during the search. He was “confronted” with the files and the findings of cyber experts who had scanned them over the past few months. The documents allegedly relate to strategy and tactics of Maoists, but the sleuths focused on the source of the information as such material is available in the public domain too.
Saibaba said in a statement later that he had co-operated with the cops. “They sought information and clarifications regarding my political activity as well as my academic interests. I extended my co-operation to the fullest and answered their doubts and questions to the best of my abilities and without any restraint. I hope that I have satisfactorily addressed all their concerns and that the matter will be laid to rest now.”
However, it is not clear whether the findings of cyber experts were supported with sound and admissible cyber forensics evidence. We hope that the blunders committed by the law enforcement agencies of India during Aarushi murder case, Nokia’s case, IPL match fixing case, etc have not been repeated by the law enforcement agencies in this case.