GUWAHATI, March 22 � Chief Justice (Acting) of the Gauhati High Court, K Sreedhar Rao, today said that there is a dire need for investigators, public prosecutors and also the Judges to become techno-savvy, which he said would help in appreciating digital evidence.
Rao was speaking at the valedictory function of the two-day Regional Conference on Cyber Laws (Issues and Challenges), which ended at the Assam Administrative Staff College today.
Rao said, �In case of cyber crimes committed from the border, it very often becomes virtually impossible to source information about the culprits until and unless it is a threat to nation�s security. Extradition, too, is a slow process.�
Mukesh Sahay, Additional DGP (CID), while speaking on the challenges to investigation when the cyber crime is transnational in nature, said that international cooperation is must for effective investigation.
�There is a big challenge to sensitising police officials who are the first respondents of crimes, and there is a need for capacity building to deal with conventional offences which have a digital perspective.�
Justice MB Lokur of the Supreme Court and the head of the e-committee of the apex court opined that issues like �sting operations� and their legal validity needs to be discussed.�
Justice S Talapatra of the Tripura High Court spoke on the need for preservation and authentication of digital evidence for better appreciation by the Courts. �Tangible cyber forensic preparedness would save us from intangible enemies of rule of law,� he said. Justice V Ramasubramanian of the Madras High Court dwelt on the jurisdictional issues relating to disputes arising out of the use of computers.
Debasis Nayak, Director, Asian School of Cyber Laws, made a comparative study of cases decided in the Supreme Court and outlined the various provisions of Information Technology Act, 2000.