India was running against four other contestants and the Indian Ambassador in Turkey held on-the-ground bilateral meetings with delegations for the final efforts to gain support.
New Delhi: India's candidate, Praveen Sinha, Special Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was on Nov 25 elected as Delegate for Asia on the Executive Committee of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
This victory is the result of an intense and well-coordinated election campaign across the world, sources revealed.
"This was a tough election, with India running against four other contestants from China, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Jordan. There were two posts," the source said.
The elections were held in Istanbul (Turkey) during the ongoing 89th INTERPOL General Assembly.
INTERPOL is a vital body for tackling the rising spectre of transnational organized crimes, terrorism and cyber-crimes.
"India will continue to actively contribute to INTERPOL's aims and objectives and to enhance its effectiveness through our professional competence and experience."
Crucial support of friendly countries was sought at bilateral engagements at different levels.
Indian Embassies and High Commissions regularly followed up with host governments, and also the Ambassadors and High Commissioners resident in Delhi were also reached out.
"Moreover, India's National Central Bureau (NCB-India) reached out to its counterparts around the world to campaign for this election."
The Indian Ambassador in Turkey also camped in Istanbul for the last few days and held on-the-ground bilateral meetings with delegations for the final efforts to gain support.
"We deeply appreciate all those countries who voted for India," the source said.