On Thursday, both nations India and China secured the two posts as delegates for Asia to the INTERPOL (Executive Committee of the International Criminal Police Organization).
It was a very competing contest among participants from 5 nations- India, Singapore, China, Jordan, and Republic of Korea. Only two posts are available to a role at an international body of crime-fighting.
Praveen Sinha, India’s candidate who is a 1988 batch IPS officer and is serving as Special Director of CBI whereas Hu Binchen who is the deputy general of the Chinese public security minister’s international coordination department, secured the two posts from this certain regional sub-group.
The elections took place in Istanbul (Turkey) during the 89th INTERPOL General Assembly that was ongoing.
“Mr Praveen Sinha of India has been elected to the posts of Delegate for Asia (3-yr term),” stated by INTERPOL in their statement.
The Executive Committee of Interpol is solely the governing body that oversees checking the execution of the General Assembly’s decisions and even the administration and working of the General Secretariat. It meets thrice a year and decides on organizational policy and direction.
INTERPOL is a crucial body for intercepting the increasing specter of trans-national crimes that are organized, cyber-crimes, and terrorism. India will continue to solely contribute to the aims and objectives of INTERPOL and even to improve its effectiveness through professional experience and competence.
Thus, human rights and rights groups organizations have shown disappointment over the appointment of Hu Binchen and the incoming president who was even elected during the general assembly of INTERPOL this week: Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of United Arab Emirates.
Human rights groups and lawmakers have protested against Hu and al-Raisi due to their alleged human rights abuses by their countries respectively.
But for India, it is a huge victory. Sources have said that the win is the result of an “intense and well-coordinated” election campaign around the world.
Critical support of friendly nations was looked for at bilateral engagements at various levels. Indian Embassies and High Commissions abroad daily follow up with host governments, according to various sources.
“Similarly, New Delhi have engaged Ambassadors and High Commissioners resident in the capital while India’s National Central Bureau (NCB-India) reached out to its counterparts around the world to campaign for this election,” according to official sources.
The Committee’s members are at the top level of policing in their own nations and guide and advise the Organisation.
The Committee consists of 13 members and is headed by a president, 2 vice presidents, and 9 delegates.
The three day (23rd to 25th November) in-person meeting was attended by nearly 470 police chiefs, senior law enforcement officials, and ministers from around 160 countries which includes India to identify areas where INTERPOL can control the international security architecture.
Sinha, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer of 1988 batch has served in CBI as superintendent of Police, deputy inspector general, joint director, and additional director in two phases between 2000 and 2021.
Sinha has worked at different places in the state in different capacities, from ASP to Additional DG. He was also appointed as the Deputy Director, ACB, Ahmedabad in 1996.
Praveen Sinha has been involved with the investigation of different Supreme Court/High Courts entrusted/monitored scams, critical bank frauds and financial crimes, serial bomb blasts, etc.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is solely an inter-governmental organization which consists of 195 member nations.
The main job is to share and access data on criminals and crimes along with locating them and arresting them who are a wanted accused by any member nation.
The INTERPOL even coordinates networks of experts and police in various crime areas, who come together through different groups that are working and at conferences to reveal experience and innovative ideas.
To make sure that they win, Sanjay Panda, the Indian Ambassador in Turkey, who is actually based out of Ankara which is camped in Istanbul for the last several days and held bilateral meetings with delegations for the final efforts to obtain some support, according to sources.