Highlights:

  • The officials added that the agency has received arrest warrants issued against both the accused from courts in India
  • Interpol Washington had collected information on the location of the accused
  • Altogether, 11 charge sheets have been registered against the 11 accused arrested in the case as yet

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked for help from authorities in the US in tracking two accused namely C Prabhakar Reddy who is known as “Punch” Prabhakar and Mani Annapureddy, assumed to be staying in that country, in link with a case associated with an alleged derogatory social media post against judges and the judiciary, officials noted.

The officials further added that the agency has received arrest warrants issued against both the accused from courts in India. They continued that CBI, which is the National Central Bureau (NCB) for India under the Interpol mechanism, has communicated Interpol Washington, the United States counterpart, along with the arrest warrant against the duo.

Reportedly, Interpol Washington had collected information on the location of the accused using a Blue Corner Notice of the Interpol. Every country constitutes an NCB which is the associating agency with Interpol.

Meanwhile, the CBI has registered six more charge sheets against the accused in the case namely Sridhar Reddy Avuthu, Sreenath Suswaram, Jalagam Venkata Satyanarayana, Guda Sridhar Reddy, Kishore Kumar Darisa and Sudduluri Ajay Amruth.

Joshi, CBI spokesperson asserted that these accused were detained by the agency from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on October 22, presently they are lodged in judicial custody. Earlier, the CBI had convicted five accused in the case and filed five detached charge sheets against them, officials informed.

Altogether, 11 charge sheets have been registered against the 11 accused arrested in the case as yet. The CBI spokesperson voiced, “Investigating against one more accused is in progress towards gathering evidence against him. His YouTube channel has been blocked.”

After filing the case, the agency ensured that the objectionable posts are removed from the social media platform and public domains on the internet, according to the spokesperson. He added that twelve accused and 14 others were examined in respect to the case. The evidence from digital platforms has also been collected using the digital forensic technique.

Furthermore, the spokesperson continued, “The CBI moved through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) channel for gathering information related to the Facebook profiles of the accused, Twitter accounts, Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos from Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc..”

He added that during the probe, 13 gadgets, involving mobile phones and Tablet computers, were seized and the call details of 53 mobiles in connection were acquired.

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