The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Gujarat has started training the officers of the agency at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to adopt techniques of investigating the economic offences and financial frauds to be able to perform as well.
The CBI Academy in Hajipur of Gaziabad (UP) has trained 25 officers of the ACB in Gujarat from the rank of Inspector to deputy SPs so far.
Director of ACB, Ashish Bhatia, said, “The officers are being made to adopt the CBI’s techniques of trapping decoys and economic offences to be able to perform well and increase their competence. Apart from the regular traps that the officers have a full grip off, they now have to learn investigating bigger cases of money laundering and financial frauds as investigation of economic offences requires specific training”.
The training and summary of the work is also given to deputy SPs in ACB working as assistant directors. Besides courses for CBI officers, the CBI academy provides in service courses for police officers to train them.
The other courses that the ACB officials have undertaken include course on cyber crime financial frauds, e-procurement and contract frauds, investigating cases abroad.
In May, the academy will train officers in e-banking frauds with electronic evidence (those involving credit, debit cards), disproportionate assets cases followed by investigation under PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) in June this year.
The courses are taught throughout the year in the academy for a period of a week to 10 days by the experts of the police force in the CBI academy. The CBI academy also offers foreign courses under the Bureau of Police Research & Development.
Joint Director of ACB, Shamsher Singh, said, “The training at CBI is extremely useful for field officers who go to perform traps and decoys. We can already see the change in their professionalism and technique. This has increased registration of disproportionate assets cases in the state”.
The last disproportionate assets case was registered on April 6, where an assistant electrical engineer of Mehsana was booked for a DA case where the ACB seized inventory of Rs 4.34 lakh and documents of property worth Rs 26.11 lakh.