Police in Pune, India are working to develop a manual for conducting probes of alleged cyber crimes following an incident in which a seemingly innocent software engineer was arrested, according to Hindustan Times.
Following the incident, the police have developed a manual to provides scientific procedures that need to be followed when conducting cyber-crime investigations.
The Pune police also opted to conduct training for their staff to avoid a repeat of the incident. Rajendra Dahale, deputy commissioner of police, said:
“The manual has been sent to the Office of the Director General of Police for approval. Once approved, it will be circulated to all the district police headquarters.”
Software engineer Lakshmana Kailash K was arrested in 2007 in Bangalore amid accusations he posted defamatory remarks on a social networking site about a Maratha warrior king. During the investigation, police were provided the incorrect ISP address (Lakshmana’s) by his company.
The police were ordered by the state human rights commission to produce a manual and conduct training for the staff. Lakshmana’s company was ordered to pay restitution.