Saturday, August 05, 2017

RTI campaigner gets 6-year imprisonment in Puri cyber pornography case

Times of India: Bhubaneswar: Saturday, August 05, 2017.
In first ever conviction in 'cyber pornography' in the state, the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate in Puri on Friday sentenced an RTI campaigner to six years of imprisonment and imposed fine of Rs 9,000.
The convict Jayant Kumar Das was arrested by state Crime Branch in 2012 for allegedly uploading obscene remarks against a journalist's wife on a porn site. Special director general of police (crime) B K Sharma said Das defamed the woman to take revenge+ on her husband, who reportedly exposed his illegal money lending business.
"Our technical inquiry clearly revealed that Das created a forged e-mail account and fake profile in name of the journalist's wife. Das linked the fake profile to a porn website and posted vulgar remarks against her. Das also posted the journalist's phone number on the porn portal," Sharma told TOI.
Disturbed over getting a number of telephone calls and obscene messages, the journalist lodged a complaint with Baselisahi police station in Puri in July 2012. The cyber cell of Crime Branch took over investigation in August 2012 and arrested Das on September 18, 2012. In its chargesheet filed in court in December same year, the Crime Branch indicted Das under sections 292 (obscenity), 465 (forgery), 469 (forgery for the purpose of harming reputation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of IPC and 66C/67/67A of the Information Technology Act.
"During the course of trial, the prosecution produced 13 witnesses, including the scientist of Central Forensic Science Laboratory of Kolkata. We produced all evidences against Das for having committed the acts of forgery, identity theft and cyber pornography. This is state's first conviction in cyber pornography," Sharma said.
Crime Branch said some other criminal cases, relating to cheating, attempt to murder and possession of illegal firearm registered against him at different police stations in Puri are pending trial against Das. On April 23, 2015, a trial court in Puri had sentenced Das to one-year imprisonment and Rs 3 lakh fine in connection with a 2002 case, relating to dishonour of cheque.