Cyber crime accused in judicial custody
Atleast 2 summons issued in connection to Pankaj Gupta case, Police declines to disclose info
Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 29
The Cyber Crime Police Station, Kohima, has summoned atleast two persons in Nagaland in connection to the Pankaj Gupta case. Nagaland Police went on the hunt for Gupta after a series of videos were posted on social media accusing the Nagaland state Government of corruption and spreading COVID-19 to get more funds from the Central government.
He was arrested by the Nagaland Police on June 9 from Kurukshetra, Haryana based on an arrest warrant issued by a court in Kohima. A government press release, informing of his arrest, termed his accusations as “inflammatory, abusive, divisive and prejudicial to the maintenance of social peace and harmony attracting the provisions of IPC, which are cognisable and non-bailable.” (Read Here)
“The accused had made serious allegations without basis and authentication, along with conspiracy theories which are a threat to Public Peace and Order,” the release said, adding that the police will also investigate the involvement of “co-conspirators.”
Almost three weeks later and an unsuccessful bail bid in between, the police have trained their sight on the aforesaid “co-conspirators” as per information leaked to social media. Till date, the Cyber Crime Police Station have issued summon notices to atleast two persons— the latest one on June 29.
The PRO of the Nagaland Police Headquarters, when contacted by The Morung Express for information on the investigation, said that it will not be able to disclose information with respect to the number of persons summoned. He added that summoning people in a police inquiry is a routine legal procedure as warranted by the Criminal Procedure Code.
When queried if Gupta has had access to legal aid, the PRO replied that legal assistance is available to all. Gupta is currently in judicial custody.
The charges against Gupta include— Statements conducing public mischief (IPC 505) and promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC 153A) along with punishment of criminal conspiracy (IPC 120B).