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CBI arrests alleged porn kingpin in Bengaluru

india Updated: May 15, 2015 13:16 IST
Abhishek Sharan
sex crimes

In a breakthrough in the case related to eight alleged sex crimes, whose video clips were circulated on social networking sites, the CBI has arrested a man in Bengaluru who allegedly played a key role in three of the offences and seized from him 500 sex-crime clips. The accused is suspected to have earned a big sum from ‘hits’ received by such video-clips uploaded by him on porn sites.

The accused, Kaushik K, is in his thirties and has an expertise in cyber technology, including those pertaining to alleged uploading, said an agency source. “The CBI team used advanced cyber forensic methods to extricate clues from the video-clips under scanner to reach him,” said the source.

“The accused played a lead role in three of the eight sex crimes being probed by us. We are ascertaining the extent of his exact role, two of his victims seemed minors,” said the source. “We have seen the video-clips attributed to him and they are utterly macabre and revolting,” said the source.

“We have seized 500 video clips or footages from him, we are yet to ascertain in how many of them he was personally involved. Based on the analysis, the probe may widen,” said the source. He said, “The accused was earning a big sum by uploading the video clips on porn sites and attracting a large number of hits, which brought him easy money.”

CBI suspects the accused could be part of a trans-national sex syndicate and will examine if the victims were blackmailed as well, said the source. CBI will seek a transit remand from a local court to get him to Delhi for further questioning. The eight sex crimes being probed by the agency included six gangrapes, said the source.

Acting on a Supreme Court direction, the CBI had lodged the eight cases based on video-clips received from a Hyderabad-based NGO that gave no clues on the identities of the victims and culprits or the place and time of the crimes.