The Delhi High Court issued notice to the Union of India, directing it to file counter affidavits in response to a petition seeking directions against authorities to initiate an awareness campaign addressing contemporary cyber crimes, including a particular cyber scam termed 'digital arrest'.

The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and comprising Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora listed the matter for March 19, 2024.

Standing Counsel Apoorv Kurup appeared for the Respondent.

The public interest litigation was filed seeking directions against the authorities (Union) to conduct an awareness campaign about modern cyber crimes, simplify the procedure for filing cyber crime complaints, and establish guidelines for quicker investigations and improved coordination to prevent the transfer of crime proceeds.

The petition emphasized a specific cyber scam known as 'digital arrest,' where perpetrators forge court orders and arrest warrants to extort money from innocent citizens. The reporting mechanism with the Delhi Police cyber crime unit was deemed inadequate to address the evolving cyber scams effectively. The Petition contended that the existing procedure was insufficient in deterring such crimes and protecting victims from falling prey to them.

The Court issued notice to the Union to file counter affidavits within two weeks, with an opportunity for rejoinder affidavits before the next hearing.

The Cout listed the matter for March 19, 2024.

Cause Title: Akshya And Anr v Union Of India And Ors

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