Chandigarh, July 20
Problems arose calling a man from Palwal after receiving a friend request from a woman on social media followed by a video call. On the other side was a woman “without clothes”. The next day, he received a call from the “head of the CBI” claiming that the girl he had spoken to the night before was going to upload his video to YouTube.
In his complaint, the man claimed he was given an account number before he was asked to deposit money. He first deposited Rs 5,100 and ended up paying Rs 50,000 to four people.
The ‘sextortion scam’ came to the attention of Judge Vikas Bahl of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana after a defendant in the case filed a motion seeking a grant of leave. advance bail in the FIR registered on January 19 for cheating and other offenses under section 420 of the IPC and section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, at the police station of Chand Hut in Palwal.
Referring to an affidavit filed by Haryana State, Judge Bahl observed that the tower location of the mobile number allegedly used at the time of the extortion call was that of a village of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. An analysis of call details separate from the affected IMEI number showed that another mobile number belonging to the petitioner was in use in the phone with the same IMEI number. The last location of the petitioner’s cell phone tower was also the same village.
Judge Bahl added that documents filed with the bench showed that a notice under section 41 of the CrPC had been served on all the defendants. But they did not join the investigation. Subsequently, arrest warrants were issued against the accused.
They had bought a SIM card in Assam with the help of their gang members and traveled to the border region of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.