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Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said there was no need for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam as the SIT investigating the scandal reported to the Madhya Pradesh High Court and not the state government.

“SIT (Special Investigation Team) is probing it… the SIT is not working under the government, but under the supervision of the high court. I think things which have influenced Vyapam… the high court will take cognizance of them,” Rajnath Singh told the media while on a visit to Madhya Pradesh.

The home minister appealed to political parties not to influence the probe as it was under the high court.

“An SIT probe is on. It is a high court decision whether the CBI should probe. How can we influence the high court and the Supreme Court?” he said, adding that there was an attempt to make an issue “out of a non-issue”.

“The Madhya Pradesh chief minister has said he wanted the issue probed independently and the probe is on.

“When the high court feels that the SIT is not able to probe properly… and if given a direction, then the government is ready for a CBI probe,” he added.

(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)