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Cyber Appellate Tribunal is headless; 27 cr Spent but no cyber case heard since July ’11

Cyber security

New Delhi, December 15: While the entire nation is on a ferry ride to Digital India, the top position for the Ministry of Communication and Information and Technology’s Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CyAT) is vacant since July 2011. As there is no chairperson for the CyAT, no bench under the ministry is able to assemble or hear a case.

Post demonetisation, the vacant position at CyAT is not only worrisome but it also raises a question on the viability of preparedness of Modi government for cashless India. If you become a victim of cyber crime or online fraud, your case can not be heard.

Meanwhile, the appointment of other members is usual and the list of pending cases is mounting up every day.

What is shocking is the revelation by Comptroller and Auditor General of India report that says that CyAT has spent over Rs 27 crore in salaries during the same period without performing its primary function of hearing the cyber cases. The report is released on November 22, 2016.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar who is member of Rajya Sabha and also former president of FICCI raised the important issue in Parliament this August. He asked Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law & Justice and Minister Communication and Information Technology about the reason for the vacant position of CyAT chairperson.

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