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New Delhi: Delhi’s ruling AAP on Tuesday complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh against the abrupt transfer by his ministry of Delhi’s VAT commissioner who they said had busted a hawala racket.

A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party leaders made the complaint at a meeting with Rajnath Singh, saying the home ministry did not even consult the Delhi government before shunting out the official.

Calling it a “serious matter”, AAP leader Ashutosh said “an honest officer who busted a hawala racket … was transferred without consultation (with our government)”.

Ashutosh was accompanied by his colleagues Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey.

Value Added Tax Commissioner Vijay Kumar and three other officers of the Delhi government were transferred by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the directions of the home ministry, the AAP said.

“Kumar had tightened the noose around big, influential people who indulged in tax evasion in the national capital. There are great chances that Kumar was removed by the central government under pressure from some big lobby,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier said.

The AAP leaders submitted a memorandum to Rajnath Singh saying the transfer was a “serious matter of corruption and violation of all existing government norms and rules”.

They sought the minister’s immediate intervention.

Pandey later said that the home minister promised to look into the matter.

“Rajnath told us that even the home ministry was not taken into confidence before Kumar’s transfer.”

Later, the AAP leaders also met Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena and demanded “a thorough and impartial probe into this extremely serious matter which involves corruption”.

The AAP leaders said the VAT department of Delhi had unearthed a major hawala racket by raiding several premises in Delhi.

It was found out that more than 200 companies were being run from a room and a known hawala operator, Naresh Jain, was behind it.

“Before the operator could be nailed, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung abruptly transferred and relieved the VAT Commissioner, flouting all rules and norms.

“The AAP feels it was done to scuttle the probe into the hawala racket.”

(IANS)

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Cyber Crimes Pose a Challenge to Traditional Policing, Says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that cyber crimes pose a challenge to traditional policing and called upon police personnel to enhance their skills to tackle threats posed from the cyber world.

“If we have to build public trust in a digital world, then we will have to bear zero tolerance towards cyber crime,” he said after inaugurating the Cyber Prevention, Awareness and Detection Centre (CyPAD) of Delhi Police and the National Cyber Forensic Lab of the Home Ministry.

Home Minister said in this era of internet and computers, there exists an aspect of cyber crime whether it is cyber cheating or fraud, women harassment or terror recruitment which needs to be strongly addressed.

“Internet is a platform not only aiding the evolution of social media but also crucial to online banking, shopping and remotely operated systems in industry. We have to develop institutional mechanisms for undertaking timely assessment to challenges in cyber space and securing it for the common man,” he said.

He said the ministry has initiated several steps in the last more than four years to deal with cyber crimes including setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Frauds.

“For effectively tackling challenges to cyber space, we need an institutional mechanism at the national level involving the private sector also and coordination at the national and international levels,” he said.

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The Home Ministry has set up an Expert Group for a detailed study and initiated creation of the Cyber Crime Coordination Centre which will deal with cyber forensics, cyber investigation, cyber research and innovation, threat analytics and cyber training.

Rajnath Singh said the setting up of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (i-4C) is a step towards its implementation.

He said the CyPAD will deal with crypto-currency frauds and international tech-supported frauds.

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All these steps are aimed at achieving the “minimum government, maximum governance” goal set under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

The Home Minister also inaugurated a Delhi Police residential block comprising 56 flats. The Delhi Police built 312 dwelling units last year and another 969 units are under construction. (IANS)