CBI files separate chargesheets against six accused in a case relating to making derogatory posts on social media against judges and judiciary
- Eleven chargesheets filed so far in the case
- Arrest warrants against accused who are abroad and process initiated through diplomatic channels for arresting them
These accused were arrested by CBI on 22.10.2021 from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The said accused are presently in Judicial Custody.
During investigation, CBI had earlier arrested five accused and also filed five separate chargesheets against them. With this, 11 separate chargesheets have been filed against all the eleven accused arrested by CBI so far in the case.
Investigation against one more accused is in progress towards gathering evidences against him. His Youtube channel has also been blocked. Moreover, Warrants of Arrest have been taken by CBI in the names of two of the accused who are abroad from the Competent Courts in India and process for arresting them has been initiated through diplomatic channels.
CBI gathered information about the accused who are abroad by issuing Blue Notice through INTERPOL.
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.
During investigation, a total of 13 digital gadgets including mobiles, tablets have been recovered. CBI collected call details records of as many as 53 mobile connections. Around 12 accused and 14 others were examined in the case. During examination, evidences from digital platform have also been collected using Digital Forensic Technique. CBI moved through Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) channel for gathering the information related to the Facebook profiles of the accused, Twitter accounts, Facebook posts, tweets, Youtube videos from Facebook, Twitter, Google etc.
CBI had registered the instant 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. It was alleged that the key personnel occupying posts of prominence in the State of Andhra Pradesh 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.
Investigation is continuing.