The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has joined hands with world police organisation Interpol to set up a research and innovation centre for prevention of telecommunication crime in India. The centre will also involve partnership with academic institutions, research centres and private sector. In a joint press conference, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble and CBI director A P Singh announced that they are working on establishing an institutional mechanism for tackling telecom and cyber crimes. The centre would also invite participation of telecommunication crime investigators, researchers and experts from other Interpol member countries. “This partnership would help bring to the table problems/ solutions/ best practices from all around the world,” Noble said. “The centre would also identify research projects to be undertaken and get the same executed through partner research / academic institutions.” This initiative would make CBI a global hub for research and innovation to effectively tackle telecom cyber crime, Singh added. The present procedure to get information and evidence with regard to IP addresses and subscribers details from different jurisdictions was cumbersome, wherein most of the countries insist on sending a formal Letter Rogatory under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties. “This often leads to loss of evidence. It was agreed that we need a mechanism, whereby IT (Information Technology) intermediaries across the globe can be linked to a single interface for law enforcement agencies. It was agreed that Interpol is the agency best equipped to execute this project,” Singh said.