Home minister RR Patil’s announcement on Tuesday that training sessions will be held to help police officials understand the Information Technology (IT) Act better and how to use it drew mixed response from cyber experts.
Cyber expert Vijay Mukhi said: “The first thing that needs to be done is to ensure that there are speedy trials in cases of cyber crime. Only then will there be precedents that will guide the police in the future. For instance, if during the trial of a cyber crime case, the court tells the police that a particular section cannot be applied, it will serve as a precedent.”
Mukhi said there is also a need to create specialised cyber courts on the lines of the labour courts.
Cyber security professional Vicky Shah said that while policemen are already being trained, the process needs to be hastened as currently only 10 officers from local police stations are being trained each week. “At this rate, even if the training is carried out for five years, you will end up training 2,500 officers. That’s slow considering there are at least 40,000 policemen,” Shah said.
Cyber lawyer Pankaj Bafna suggested an alternative, that instead of training police personnel, whenever there is a case where sections of the IT Act have to applied, it should be sent to the cyber wing of the Mumbai police. “You have a specialised cell trained to work on such cases. So, instead of spending money training so many personnel, local police stations should transfer cases where the IT Act could be applied to the cyber police,” Bafna said.