New Delhi: CBI would be setting up an international high-tech centre in partnership with the Interpol for unraveling telecommunication crimes keeping in mind growing popularity of mobile phones and devices as carriers of sensitive information, vulnerable to hackers.

The proposal of CBI – Interpol Research and Innovation Centre for Prevention of Telecommunication crime came during the discussion of the CBI Director A P Singh and Secretary General Interpol Ronald K Noble.

They also agreed that the present procedure to get information and evidence with regard to IP addresses, subscribers details of the alleged cyber criminals from different countries "cumbersome" wherein most of the countries insist on sending a formal Letter Rogatory under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties resulting in 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," CBI Director A P Singh said here.

On the Centre for Prevention of Telecommunication crime, Singh said CBI will send a proposal to the Centre to set up the international centre in partnership with the private sector, research centres and top academic institutions.

The Centre would not only help solve crimes emanating from mobile data devices in the country but also help other countries which send such requests through the Interpol.

"It 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...This initiative would make CBI a global hub for research and innovation to effectively tackle telecom cyber crime," Singh who addressed a press conference with Noble said.

Singh said the Centre would also identify research projects to be undertaken and get the same executed through partner research and academic institutions.

On the question of India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim, Noble said information sent from India has been shared with Pakistan which has said that "it was aware of its obligations with the Interpol".

When asked about giving legal sanctity to look out notices issued by the Interpol, Noble said nearly 85 of the 190 countries have already given it but there are countries which do not want to do it.

"Imagine if a Red notice came from a country with whom they don't have a relationship, you can imagine the problem there," he said.

(Agencies)