The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested two more accused on 07.08.2021 in an on-going investigation of a case relating to making derogatory posts on social media against judges and the judiciary.
The two arrested accused are being produced today before the Competent Court, Guntur, AP.
Prior to this, CBI arrested two accused on 28.07.2021 during investigation. The Designated Court, remanded both the accused to Police Custody. While one accused has been further remanded to police custody till 10.08.2021, the other was sent to Judicial Custody.
The first arrest in the case was made by CBI on 09.07.2021. Presence of the accused, earlier working abroad, was secured and examined. He was also remanded to Judicial Custody by the Court.
Five accused have so far been arrested by CBI in the case.
CBI had registered a case on 11.11.2020 against 16 accused & taken over the investigation of 12 FIRs from CID, State of Andhra Pradesh in pursuance of the orders of Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in Writ Petition No. 9166 of 2020. The original FIRs were registered on the complaints from Registrar General of Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The case was registered under sections 153(A), 504, 505 (2) and 506 of IPC and Section 67 of IT Act, 2000.
It was alleged that the accused, by intentionally targeting the Judiciary, made derogatory posts on social media platform against Hon’ble Judges and Judiciary, following some Court verdicts delivered by the Judges of Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
After registration of the case, CBI traced 13 of the 16 accused named in FIR in the case on various digital platforms. Three out of them were found to be abroad. CBI so far examined 11 out of above 13 accused persons and arrested 5 out of them. Evidence against remaining 6 accused persons is being evaluated for further necessary legal action. CBI is pursuing to secure the presence of two other accused said to be abroad, for their examination.
Searches were also conducted by CBI at the premises of accused persons which led to recovery of several incriminating documents. It was also found that one accused was allegedly using a passport with a name different from his real identity.
To investigate larger conspiracy, CBI has also examined certain persons including an MP, ex-MLA and also continued investigation into the role of other persons who were not mentioned in the FIR.
Action was also initiated by CBI, after it had registered this case to get objectionable posts removed from the social media platforms, public domains and a lot of such posts/accounts were removed from internet.
Investigation is continuing including through the channels of MLAT, INTEROL to collect evidence from abroad.