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CBI seeks MHA clearance for Interpol General Assembly in October

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has sought security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs for the 90th Interpol General Assembly scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from October 18 to 21.

The global police organisation has 195 member countries, including from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan – classified as ‘countries of concern’ by India. The participants from these countries would require ‘prior approval’ from MHA for issuance of conference visas, officials said.

Foreign nationals already in India and planning to attend the assembly will have to take permission from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office along with that of MHA, as per the guidelines. Prior referral is a must for participants to visit ‘restricted’ or ‘protected’ areas in India, including areas affected by militancy and extremism and the northeastern states. The clearance must be sought at least 30 days before the beginning of the conference and visas should not be longer than the specified or minimum period required.

The clearances, sources said, involved vetting of participants’ names by security agencies and political clearance by the Ministry of External Affairs. The assembly is Interpol’s supreme governing body, comprising representatives from member countries. CBI being the nodal agency for India coordinates with national central bureaus of other countries.

“The objective of the security clearance is to evaluate potential threats, visible or embedded, by the home ministry and to provide a risk assessment,” said a senior government official.

Last year, the assembly was organised in Turkey’s Istanbul. It concluded by electing 11 new members to its executive committee, including CBI special director Praveen Sinha as a delegate from Asia.

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