Operation Trishul

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    • Under Operation Trishul, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has extradited 33 people hiding in other countries, involved in various criminal activities.

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    • Operation Trishul involves using the Interpol’s Star Global Focal Point Network, and using the Interpol’s channels to identify dispersal of proceeds of crime by financial criminals.
    • The CBI is India’s nodal agency which coordinates with the Interpol to bring back fugitives hiding abroad.
    • Operation Trishul also aims at dismantling support networks and generating criminal intelligence on shell companies, fraudulent transactions, money mules and co-accused located globally. 
    • Last year the CBI was successful in bring back 27 fugitives hiding abroad. 

    Who are Fugitive Offenders?

    •  The “Fugitive Economic Offender” means any individual against whom a warrant for arrest in relation to a scheduled offence has been issued by any court in India, who:
      • leaves or has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution; or
      • refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.
    • Fugitive economic offenders act, 2018 aims to seize the property of economic offenders who have fled the nation to avoid being prosecuted or who refuse to come back to face charges.

    Source: TOI