The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) and the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish digital forensic laboratories, exchange knowledge and information, and advance technological skills in the field of digital forensics. The MoU was signed by Shri Surjit Bhujabal, Pr Director General, DGGI and Dr. J. M. Vyas, Vice Chancellor, NFSU, Gandhinagar.
DGGI is the apex intelligence organization under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) responsible for collecting and disseminating information and taking measures to prevent GST evasion. NFSU, on the other hand, is an institution of national importance established by the Parliament of India to promote research and studies in forensic sciences and related fields. As the first and only institute in the field of forensic sciences, NFSU has state-of-the-art technology in the field of digital forensics and has established cooperation with various national and international agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, DRDO, and Central Bureau of Investigation.
This collaboration is a significant step towards strengthening the investigative and forensic capabilities of DGGI in detecting tax evasion, busting fake invoice rackets, and arresting the masterminds behind them. With the use of data analytical tools and cutting-edge technologies, DGGI detects substantial tax evasion and launches effective prosecutions to secure convictions of the guilty. Quick and effective convictions of serious tax offenders not only secure the government’s revenues and plug leakages but also ensure trade facilitation by ensuring a fair tax regime for honest taxpayers.
This collaboration will enable DGGI and NFSU to establish digital forensic laboratories, conduct joint research and training programs, and provide technical assistance to each other. With the establishment of digital forensic laboratories, DGGI will have access to the requisite physical infrastructure, skill sets, and know-how in the field of digital forensics, thus enhancing its capabilities in investigating financial frauds and ensuring strict adherence to tax regulations.
The MoU will also facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge between DGGI and NFSU. The exchange of information and knowledge will allow DGGI to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements in the field of digital forensics, enabling the agency to enhance its analytical capabilities and investigate financial crimes with more efficiency.
This collaboration between DGGI and NFSU is a positive step towards promoting research and development in the field of digital forensics. The establishment of digital forensic laboratories will significantly enhance India’s investigative and forensic capabilities, enabling the government to detect and prevent financial crimes more effectively.