New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed six more chargesheets separately against accused in an ongoing investigation of a case related to making derogatory posts on social media against Judges and Judiciary including some of the Court verdicts delivered by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, the agency statement said on Thursday.
The accused were arrested by CBI on October 22, from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They are presently in Judicial Custody.
The agency had earlier arrested five people and filed five separate chargesheets against them. With this, 11 separate chargesheets have been filed against eleven accused so far in the case, said CBI.
The probe against one more accused is in progress and evidence is being gathered against him. His Youtube channel was also blocked.
Moreover, warrants of arrest have been taken from the Courts by CBI for two persons who are abroad and the process for arresting them has been initiated through diplomatic channels, the agency statement said.
CBI gathered information about the accused who are abroad by issuing Blue Notice through INTERPOL.
The CBI had registered the case to get objectionable posts removed from the social media platforms, public domains and a lot of such posts and accounts were removed from the internet.
During the investigation, a total of 13 digital gadgets including mobiles, tablets were 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, evidence from digital platforms were also 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 and Google, said CBI statement.
CBI had registered the instant case on November 11, last year against 16 accused and took over the probe of 12 FIRs from Andhra Pradesh CID in pursuance of the orders of Andhra Pradesh High Court in a writ Petition. The original FIRs were registered on the complaints from Registrar General of Andhra Pradesh High Court, the agency said.