After it was observed that a number of cyber offences were being probed by junior officers,the Pune police commissioner has issued an order that investigation into a cyber crime case would be conducted only by officers of the rank of inspectors and above.
In 2012,a total of 108 offences were registered under different Sections of the Information Technology Act and 52 people were arrested together by various police stations and the cyber crime branch.
The order issued by Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol said: In spite of instructions given to individual police stations,it was found that the cases of cyber crime were being probed by officers below the rank of a police inspector. This is wrong. All current cases under the IT Act should be transferred to officers of the rank of police inspector. The investigation of all fresh cases should be taken up by the police inspector (crime) of the police station (concerned).
Section 78 of the IT Act,however,specifically says such probe should be conducted by an officer of the rank of assistant commissioner of police,which is one rank above the police inspector in hierarchy.
A Kothrud-based businessman claims to have lost money to the tune of Rs 29.4 lakh after his email account was allegedly hacked. A complaint in this regard has been registered by Arun Kharade of Kothrud,a trader. Inspector Sangita Alphonso said,The unidentified accused hacked Kharades account and got in touch with a party in Italy. Kharade was then asked to deposit Euros 36,000 in two accounts in China and Cyprus. The offence has been registered under Sections of the IT Act and the IPC for cheating. We have begun our probe. The police did not give further details in the case.