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Guest house manager plays peeping tom, fixes spy camera in set top box

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, June 13, 2013
First Published: 20:23 IST(13/6/2013) | Last Updated: 20:59 IST(13/6/2013)

A guest house manager in Jaipur made maximum use of his ingenuity by fixing a spy camera and memory card inside a TV set top box meant for recording private moments of guests, usually couples, staying in the facility. The accused took inspiration from a television advertisement on spy cameras and purchased the gadget.

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He also fixed a 16 GB memory card inside the set top box and recorded activities of a number of couples over the period of last more than four months.

The incident came to light on Thursday when Vimal Jain, owner of Royal city guest house at Jahawar Circle in Jaipur, complained to the police that his manager Dilip Chaudhary, 23, native of Basti district of Uttar Pradesh was blackmailing him on the pretext that he had recorded vulgar clippings of guests staying in the guest house, a 15-room facility.

Jain fired Chaudhary from service after some issue on Wednesday. It was after termination of his services that Chaudhary threatened Jain for implicating him in the matter and demanded Rs. 1 lakh from him.

Assistant commissioner of police, Malviya Nagar, Gagandeep Singhla said acting on the complaint a police team raided the place and recovered the spy camera, and two 16 GB memory cards. Chaudhary was booked under section 66 of the IT Act and section 384 (extortion) of the IPC. The police produced him in a court where he was remanded to five days police custody.

Singhla said Chaudhary was employed at the guest house about eight months ago and he has confessed to have started recording activities about four months ago. The officer said some recordings have been found in the memory card.

According to the police, whenever a couple checked into the room, Chaudhary used to enter the room on pretext of serving water or some other items and switched on the set top box. With this the spy camera started recording. After guests checked out, Chaudhary used to extract the memory card and watch clippings on his mobile phone. The police are investigating whether Chaudhary blackmailed any guests.


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