CBI chief for friendly association with foreign investigating officers

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ashwani Kumar on Friday said that association of teams of investigating and law officers from the requesting countries should be encouraged.

Addressing the Conference of Police Liaison Officers (PLO) of Foreign Countries, Kumar said: "We should encourage association of teams of investigating and Law Officers from the requesting countries while execution of such requests by the requested countries."

"These teams will be available on the spot to explain the requirements of requesting agencies to the execution agencies of the requested country. This will also mitigate the necessity of seeking further clarifications by the requested countries and that of sending supplementary Letter of Requests by the requesting countries," he added.

Kumar also said the institutions of Interpol and Police Liaison Officers posted all over the globe have become a very important platform to facilitate International Cooperation amongst the law enforcement agencies of the world.

"I have no hesitation in saying that it is because of timely assistance provided by PLOs that many requests of Indian agencies for assistance in investigation and extradition of fugitives have been executed in a record time," Kumar said.

In his address Kumar recalled the assistance extended by PLOs of various countries while investigating Mumbai Bomb Blast Case.

"The extradition of Abu Salem, a terrorist and gangster is still afresh in our memory, similarly the extradition of Maninder Pal Singh Kohli to U.K. on the charges of rape and murder, Dharmendra Debi to Netherlands on the charge of murder and Kala Abdul Gafoor to South Africa on the drug charges could be possible because of effective and smooth coordination amongst the Police Liaison Officers, NCB-India and the law-enforcement agencies of the various Indian States', he said.

The conference aims at bringing missions of more than 25 countries in India, External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry and the International Police Cooperation Unit, CBI at one platform and to share the experiences and discuss issues relating to bilateral and multilateral cooperation in common fight against crime. (ANI)

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