Operation Chakra-II

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India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched Operation Chakra-II, a crackdown on transnational organised cyber-enabled financial crimes.

About Operation Chakra-II

  • It was launched to fight against transnational organised cyber-enabled financial crimes in India.
  • For this, CBI has partnered with Microsoft and Amazon as well as with national and international agencies to combat and dismantle infrastructure of illegal call centres.
  • The CBI is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the USA, Cyber Crime Directorate and IFCACC of INTERPOL, the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK, Singapore Police Force and BKA of Germany to notify further leads.

Key facts about the CBI

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigative agency of India.
  • The agency was established in 1963 by the Indian government as a result of the recommendation of the Santhanam Committee.
  • CBI is not a statutory body. It derives its power to investigate from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.
  • Control
    • It operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (which in turn operated under PMO).
    • However, for investigation of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI vests superintendence to the Central Vigilance Commission.
  • Functions
    • Initially, it was set up to investigate corruption in government departments and public sector undertakings. 
    • However, over the years, its jurisdiction has expanded to cover a wide range of cases, including economic offenses, cyber-crimes, organized crimes, and special crimes.

Q1) What is INTERPOL?

INTERPOL, short for the International Criminal Police Organization, is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates international police cooperation and crime control. It is one of the world's largest international law enforcement organizations and serves as a platform for police agencies from different countries to collaborate and share information in the fight against transnational crime.

Source: CBI launches Operation Chakra-II: What it is and why Microsoft and Amazon are part of this