Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 3:
A Delhi Court on Thursday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take Debashis Dev (30) alias ‘Bunty’, the man who allegedly shot the sex video uploaded on social media platforms by Subrat Sahu alias Kalia, a realtor based in the Odisha capital arrested by the agency earlier, on a 4-day remand.
The CBI had filed a remand petition in the court seeking 7-days remand of Bunty for further interrogation into the case.
The CBI had arrested Bunty, hailing from Hulipur in Cuttack district (Odisha), on March 31 for allegedly recording the video clip without the consent of the victim/girl.
The agency had registered a case into the incident slapping charges under sections 292, 354 (C) of IPC and 66, 67-E, 67A of IT Act, 2000 against the accused.
On the directions of the Supreme Court on the complaint that video showing graphic material involving sexual crime against women are being disseminated indiscriminately to the public through electronic/digital media, the Central investigating agency had launched a manhunt the nab the culprits.
Bunty had shot the video in which Kalia is seen in a sexual act with a receptionist at his real estate firm located in VSS Nagar area in the city.
Kalia, who is on a seven-day remand granted by a Delhi court, is in CBI custody for interrogation.
On March 28, the CBI team had raided a house in Bhimtangi area in the city where the MMS clip was allegedly shot.
CBI had earlier conducted raids at four places, including Kalia’s rented house at VSS Nagar (Plot No. BL 5) and his office and residence at GGP Colony (Plot No. 912/913) in Bhubaneswar March 24. The cops had seized several pen drives and CDs from his office and residence, which suggested that he had lured several other girls into sex as well, shot videos of the act and then circulated them on various internet based platforms, including WhatsApp.
It may be noted that the MMS clip of the receptionist had first leaked out back in 2010, following which the girl lodged a verbal complaint with the Commissionerate Police.
Later, she had filed a petition with the Supreme Court with the help of a voluntary organization.
Sahu was arrested on March 24 after the Supreme Court ordered the CBI to probe the videos of sexual acts, including rapes or gang rapes, of unidentified victims uploaded on social networking sites, including WhatsApp, by unknown people.
CBI booked Sahu on charges of common intention, circulating obscene material and assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under provisions of Indian Penal Code, besides sections of the Information Technology Act relating to violation of privacy and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
The apex court had taken suo motu note of a letter of Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala on the posting of two rape videos on WhatsApp and asked CBI to launch a probe forthwith to nab the culprits.