India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched Operation Chakra-II, a crackdown on transnational organised cyber-enabled financial crimes.
About Operation Chakra-II:
- It was launched to fight against transnationally organised cyber-enabled financial crimes in India.
- For this, CBI has partnered with Microsoft and Amazon, as well as with national and international agencies, to combat and dismantle infrastructure of illegal call centres.
- The CBI is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the USA, the Cyber Crime Directorate and IFCACC of INTERPOL, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK, Singapore Police Force and BKA of Germany to notify further leads.
Key facts about the CBI
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigative agency of India.
- The agency was established in 1963 by the Indian government as a result of the recommendation of the Santhanam Committee.
- CBI is not a statutory body. It derives its power to investigate from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.
- It operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (which in turn operated under PMO).
- However, for investigation of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI vests superintendence to the Central Vigilance Commission.
- Initially, it was set up to investigate corruption in government departments and public sector undertakings.
- However, over the years, its jurisdiction has expanded to cover a wide range of cases, including economic offenses, cyber-crimes, organized crimes, and special crimes.