“The proposal to set up a CAT bench in Bangalore is at an advanced stage,” said Information Technology Secretary M N Vidyashankar here on Tuesday. He was addressing a press meet to announce Bangalore Cyber Security Summit scheduled to be held on March 17 and 18 at Nimhans convention centre.
At present, the only bench of the Tribunal is located in Delhi. Vidyashankar said a Bench in Bangalore would save time, money and energy for people in South India who otherwise have to travel all the way to Delhi to file appeals.
He said the IT secretaries of each state act as adjudicating officers and conduct inquiries related to cyber crimes. The Bench would be set up in Bangalore in accordance with the provisions of Information Technology Act.
Vidyashankar said that in a month's time a cyber laboratory would come up in Mangalore.
Three more labs will be set up in Hubli-Dharwad, Bangalore and Mysore. The labs will spread awareness about the increasing cyber crimes in the State through multi-media presentations and via emails. Cases of people getting fake emails about hitting jackpot and losing their hard-earned money come under the category of cyber crime and people can approach IT secretaries directly to trace the culprits, Vidyashankar added.
He said the forthcoming Cyber Security Summit deals with creating a bulwark against cyber crimes as cyber criminals were as dreaded as terrorists.
The summit will bring together professionals from industry, officials of state governments, police departments of different states and the Government of India.