Delhi Police has been trying to adopt Digital India in its true perspective. Previously it was reported that e-police station in Delhi would register online FIR for motor vehicle theft cases. Now it has been declared by Delhi Police that the mobile application named “Economic offence and Cyber crime App” would help victims of economic frauds and cyber crimes to file online FIR. This mobile application is expected to be launched by June. This is a significant step in the direction of fighting against crimes in Delhi.
Cyber crimes have significantly increased in India but their reporting is a big challenge. There are very few cyber crime cells or police stations in India and ordinary police stations are not well equipped and capable to deal with cyber crimes. It becomes a herculean task for the victim of a cyber crime to report the same and get the FIR registered. The proposed initiative of Delhi Police would make the task very convenient and simple for the cyber crime and economic offence victims in Delhi.
The application also has the feature to add documents and evidence supporting the allegations made by the complainant. It is imperative that a proper complaint must be lodged with the Delhi Police so that it can be effectively investigated by it. Screening of frivolous and irrelevant complaints would be a big challenge before the Delhi Police in this regard. Nevertheless, that is an essential exercise that must be done before the FIR is registered.
At Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) we suggest that this need not be a full fledged investigation but the Delhi Police must be prima facie satisfied that a cognizable offence has been committed. Attaching relevant documents and evidence along with proper presentation of the complaint would tremendously help Delhi Police in early and effective disposal of various complaints in this regard.
The proposed system provides that the moment the investigating officer concerned verifies the documents and evidence, an FIR will automatically be registered and the complainant will get an alert on his/her mobile phone. The FIR will automatically get transferred to the concerned police station. This is a beautiful concept that deserves a dedicated and committed team of Delhi Police. Such team must be well aware of techno legal aspects of cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, etc.
The application will have a drop down menu, containing different options as per the nature of the offence. In the drop down menu, the user will have to choose one of the options, according to the offence committed against him/her. After selecting the option, the complainant will attach supporting documents. The complaint will either attach scanned copies of the documents or can only mention details of such documents with the complaint.
The second stage will be the scrutiny of complaints and related documents. There will be a set of questions for both the complainant and accused. Their responses will be verified by scrutiny officers. A final decision to register the FIR will be taken accordingly. While FIRs in economic offences involving amount exceeding Rs. 2 crore will be registered with the EOW, only after the approval of special CP (crime and EOW), other such FIRs will be registered and probed at local police stations.