The problems faced by the complainants regarding cyber crimes such as hacking of ID, bank account frauds etc will now be taken up through video conferencing with the Judge and the clients will not have to go to Mumbai. Accordingly, the first video conferencing in Adjudication matters was initiated in Nagpur by Information Technology Secretary of Maharashtra Rajesh Aggarawal who is designated as Adjudicator (Judge) to look into civil matters.
In a development that could have far reaching benefits for Nagpur citizens, the matters related to Cyber Crime will be initiated in city itself. The problems faced by the complainants regarding cyber crimes such as hacking of ID, bank account frauds etc will now be taken up through video conferencing with the Judge and the clients will not have to go to Mumbai all the way to get the problems hammered out. Now, it will be cheaper and easy to file a case.
Accordingly, the first video-conferencing in Adjudication matters was initiated in Nagpur by Information Technology Secretary of Maharashtra Rajesh Aggarawal and thus a new chapter in judicial proceedings through video conferencing was added. It is the first of its kind experiment in judicial history of India and Nagpur happened to be part of it. Under Information Technology Act, IT Secretary is designated as Adjudicator (Judge) to look into civil matters.
According to Cyber Legal Consultant Advocate Mahendra Limaye, earlier the cases were required to be filed in Mumbai and for each hearing, the concerned parties, police officers as well as lawyers were required to attend in Mumbai which was costlier as well as time consuming proposition. But now, the adjudication proceedings will be held through video conferencing in Nagpur once a month. It will reduce litigation costs and more and more cyber crime victims will be encouraged to seek judicial remedies as well under Information Technology Act due to speedier disposal of cases.
The Adjudicator recently conducted first such adjudication through video conferencing on August 27 in which two cases were heard. It was very unique event and was conducted in the premises of Nagpur Police’s Cyber Cell.
Himmat Jadhav, SDO Bhandara and Dinesh Dahatonde of Nagpur Cyber Cell represented police departments whereas Adv. Mahendra Limaye represented complainants.
The cases pertained to a fraudulent transaction indulged by a youth to the tune of Rs. 3.77 lakh by using State Bank of India (SBI) ATM card belonging to complainant. Secondly, misuse of Standard Chartered Bank’s credit card by other person was also on the focus. The complaint of the aggrieved person was that he didn’t get any of the messages about the transaction. The further proceedings will be held on the next date.
What is Cyber Crime?
Cyber crime is criminal activity done using computers and the Internet. For example, making fake websites (that appear to be legitimate) and asking people to enter their personal information. This includes login information, such as usernames and passwords, phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and other information criminals can use to “steal” another person’s identity.
The offenses are punishable under Information Technology Act, 2000. The Act was further amended in the form of IT (Amendment) Act 2008.