NEW DELHI: The CBI is seeking the Interpol’s assistance in securing deportation of two men who are currently believed to be in the US and are wanted in a case of posting of derogatory remarks about judges and judiciary on social media platforms. The agency is also using diplomatic channels in getting their hands on the two suspects — C Prabhakar Reddy aka ‘Punch’ Prabhakar and Mani Annapureddy — in the case after locating their whereabouts using a Blue Notice.
The CBI also moved through Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) channel for gathering the information related to the Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts, Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos from Facebook, Twitter, Google details etc of the suspects. A CBI spokesperson informed on Thursday that the agency had got arrest warrants issued against the two persons and had also filed six more chargesheets in the case.
The six accused were arrested by CBI on October 22 from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and are presently in judicial custody. The suspects have been accused of making objectionable comments on judges of judges of the Andhra Pradesh high court over certain verdicts.
The CBI’s move to seek international assistance in the case comes in the wake of the Supreme Court expressing its annoyance with the failure of the investigating agencies to nab the accused. In August this year, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana rued that judges were not on priority for investigating agencies and that their complaints of being harassed or intimidated were not heeded despite specialised bodies like CBI being roped in.
The CBI had had earlier arrested five accused in July and August and also filed five separate chargesheets against them. With this, 11 separate chargesheets have been filed against all the 11 accused arrested so far in the case.
The agency has also examined Lok Sabha MP Nandigam Suresh and former MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan, both belonging to YSR Congress, in the case.
The CBI had registered the case on November 11 last year against 16 people and taken over investigation of 12 FIRs from CID, Andhra Pradesh, in pursuance of the orders of the high court. The original FIRs were registered on complaints of Registrar General of high court of Andhra Pradesh.
The agency has also had many of the objectionable posts removed and YouTube channels blocked from the social media platforms and public domain.
During investigation, a total of 13 digital gadgets including mobiles, tablets have been recovered, the CBI informed.




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