Hyderabad: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed six more charge sheets separately against the accused in the ongoing investigation of a case related to derogatory posts on social media against Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
The accused were arrested by the CBI on October 22 from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. All of them are presently in Judicial Custody, the CBI said on Thursday.
During the investigation, the CBI had earlier arrested five accused and also filed five separate charge sheets against them.
With this, 11 separate charge sheets have been filed against all the eleven accused arrested by CBI so far in the case. The investigation against one more accused is in progress. His Youtube channel has also been blocked, the CBI said.
Moreover, warrants of arrest have been taken by the CBI against the accused, who are abroad. The process for arresting him has been initiated through diplomatic channels.
The CBI gathered information about the accused, who are abroad by issuing Blue Notice through Interpol. The action was also initiated by CBI after it registered the case to get objectionable posts removed from the social media platforms, public domains. A lot of such posts/accounts were removed from the internet.
During the investigation, a total of 13 digital gadgets including mobiles, tablets have been recovered. Around 12 accused and 14 others were examined in the case. During the examination, evidence from digital platforms has also been collected.
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, and Google.
Central Investigating Agency had registered the instant case on Wednesday against 16 accused and taken over the investigation of 12 FIRs from Andhra Pradesh CID in pursuance of the orders of the High Court in the writ petition last year. The original FIRs were registered on the complaints from the Registrar General of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.