Islamabad: Court rejects bail plea of man harassing girls on Internet
ISLAMABAD: Senior Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon on Thursday rejected bail plea of a man arrested in a cyber crime case for harassing girls through Internet.
The court also directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit the challan about the matter till November 1 and investigate the case in befitting manner.
According to FIA, the accused was involved in hacking email accounts of female students of a school and then harassed them through unsolicited, obnoxious and vulgar emails.
The First Information Report (FIR) was registered against unknown person under section 36, 37 ETO on the complaint of a female student of a school in capital.
The complainant had filed a written application with Islamabad Zone FIA director on September 19. She stated that some unknown person had been hacking her email account, creating and uploading fake profiles of her and also other female friends on facebook. In these fake profiles, that person had mentioned her personal mobile number along with the mobile phone numbers of her friends. On these accounts, she said they all were mentioned as call girls. The culprit also created a fake facebook ID.
According to FIA, the facebook administration provided Basic Subscribers Information (BSI) to identify the fake profile user. It was revealed that the e-mails were transmitted using Internet Protocol (IP Address) 188.8.131.52 that belongs to ISP and statically assigned to user “Askari Travel office”. The matter was also technically examined by the administration of latter’s system administrator that pointed out that computer equipment was being operated by Mohsin Raza Khan, an officer at same group. The said accused Khan was red handedly arrested on the spot and the computer equipment was taken into possession on October 11.
Permission to search and seize the electronic/digital equipment and accessories involved in illegal activities at the said premises was obtained from court of Islamabad.
On Thursday the defense counsel of accused file bail application with court and appraised that his client was involved in harassing girls though Internet. But the counsel claimed, the fact was that there were many Internet users in the office of his client where he was arrested. He said Mohsin had falsely been implicated in the case. He said that his client was innocent and he was willing to cooperate with the FIA.
The defense counsel said the maximum punishment prescribed for the offence in the law was seven years imprisonment as normally bail was granted in the cases having less than 10 years imprisonment; therefore, the accused was entitled to be released on bail in the case which required further inquiry. The defense counsel argues that the FIA could not prove any concrete evidence against his client.
The FIA legal official apprised the court that the accused Khan registered email accounts on August 18 and sent vulgar, abusive emails to complainant. He also threatened the complainant and other girls of educational institute from his mobile number.
After hearing both parties the rejected the bail plea of accused and ordered FIA to submit the challan regarding the matter till November 1.