The application for regular bail was made by the third accused in the case, Omkar Chatharwad. He was held under Secs.379, 465, 468,471, 120(B) read with 34 of IPC and under Secs.43, 66(C), 66(D), 70(3), 72 of the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008.
He, along with two others, conspired to hack accounts of gullible persons, such as the complainant, a District Judge in service. A total sum of Rs.1,02,696 was transferred from his account after hacking the Internet ID and password of the complainant.
The applicant stated that he was innocent and the allegations against him were not true. He was an engineering student, only 19-years-old and came from a poor family. He had only been made a scapegoat by the other two. He had no antecedents and was in custody since the beginning of February. Further, the other two accused had already been granted bail.
The public prosecutor submitted that the investigation was complete and the final report had already been filed. The applicant had no criminal antecedents. Therefore, further detention may not be necessary. He was willing to comply with any conditions that may be imposed by the court. However, since he belonged to a different state, i.e. Maharashtra, stringent conditions had to be applied for bail.
Hon’ble Judge Ashok Menon allowed bail on a bond of Rs.1,00,000.
Story by Sai Kulkarni – Intern