The workshop was attended by Interpol Liaison Officers (ILOs) from states, union territories, other law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and officers from CBI
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said on Tuesday that the ministry has designed a new online portal for Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty (MLAT) or Letter Rogatory (LR) requests that can be utilised for the purpose and assured further assistance if needed.
Bhalla made the remarks after inaugurating the Interpol Liaison Officers’ conference organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi on MLAT or LR and extradition matters.
The workshop was attended by Interpol Liaison Officers (ILOs) from states and union territories, other law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and officers from the CBI.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said: “Union Home Ministry has designed a new online portal for MLAT or LR requests, which can be utilised for the purpose and assured further assistance if needed.”
For effective law enforcement in respect of crimes having transnational footprints, Bhalla emphasised the need to further impart training on LRs and MLATs to personnel in the law enforcement chain and offered all assistance in this regard, including organising workshops or conferences in the States.
He further stressed that the “request from other countries” for legal assistance should also be “treated on a priority basis as part of reciprocity.”
The Home Secretary invited feedback and practical suggestions towards improving the efficacy of international cooperation channels for assistance in criminal matters.
It was underlined that LEAs should make use of informal channels of police cooperation for seeking and sharing information on the I24x7 platform of Interpol through the CBI as NCB India.
The workshop also focused on utilising Interpol Notices and drafting requests focusing on crime.
The one-day workshop deliberated on the subject “Presentation on Guidelines of MLA/LRs & Procedural aspects of drafting LRs/MLA requests; Presentation on new MLA/LR portal, Presentation on extradition guidelines and procedural aspect of drafting extradition requests; Informal Cooperation through Interpol and points to be kept in mind while making request for Interpol Matters”.