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Armyman posted child porn online

The Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a senior serving Indian Army officer on Friday for allegedly viewing and uploading child pornographic photographs and clippings on the Internet.

mumbai Updated: May 08, 2010 01:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The Mumbai Crime Branch arrested a senior serving Indian Army officer on Friday for allegedly viewing and uploading child pornographic photographs and clippings on the Internet.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh (42), attached to the Directorate of Supplies and Transport of the Indian Army was arrested following a protracted surveillance on him by the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Mumbai police.

The Federal Police of Germany alerted the Mumbai police. The German police had tipped off the Interpol wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about “the possibility of a child pornography suspect holed up in India, Mumbai to be precise”, Roy said.

He said the German police, while scrutinising a couple of child pornography sites had found some material uploaded from India. Once they were sure of the location, they alerted the Interpol, which informed Indian authorities.

The Mumbai police traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer from where the material was uploaded to Singh’s apartment, Namdar Manzil at Colaba.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell raided the flat on Thursday night and seized the computer and two hard disks of 80 GB memory space each with pornographic photographs and clippings of children.

Singh was booked under Section 67 (B) of the Information Technology Act. If proven guilty of publishing and transferring child pornographic material on the Internet he could face up to five years’ in prison and be fined Rs. 10 lakh.

Singh has been remanded into police custody until May 12.

Roy claimed that Singh has confessed to downloading and uploading child pornographic material “on two well-known child pornography web sites”. “We will try to find out whether there are more persons involved,” Roy said. “The source from where he procured these materials will also be ascertained. [We’ll find out] whether he was involved in making this material.”

The police will also try to find out whether Singh was making money out of this. “As of now, it appears he was not doing it for commercial gains,” Roy said.

Roy said the children featuring in the pornographic images appear to be of Indian and western origin. The Mumbai police will submit a report to the Army about the findings.

The German Federal Police have also registered an offence against Singh. “We don’t have an extradition treaty with Germany,” Roy said. “But that will not come in the way of sending him there, if required. We discussing with concerned authorities as to whether he would face trial here or there.”