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Armyman’s family keeps mum on child porn case

The family of 42-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh, who was arrested for allegedly uploading child pornography clips on the Internet, has distanced itself from him and the case.

mumbai Updated: May 09, 2010 01:01 IST
HT Correspondent

The family of 42-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh, who was arrested for allegedly uploading child pornography clips on the Internet, has distanced itself from him and the case.

Army jawans have been keeping a close watch outside the family’s house at Colaba, where Singh lived with his wife and two teenaged children. They scan every visitor. Journalists are being kept out of the premises.

Hindustan Times contacted Singh’s wife on the telephone. “My children and I have nothing to do with the case,” she said, refusing to give her name. “We have been asked by (defence) authorities to not speak about the case. I would not like to say anything further. So, please don’t embarrass me and yourself by calling again.”

Singh, who is attached to the Directorate of Supplies and Transport of the Indian Army, was arrested on Friday by the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Mumbai police’s crime branch based on inputs from the Federal Police of Germany. The German police had stumbled upon a video clip in which an unknown man was having sex with an unidentified three-year-old girl.

The army officer was arrested from his flat, after the Internet Protocol address provided by the German police matched with that of the computer he used. Singh was on study leave. Police said Singh initially denied having any knowledge of the clip. But the police gave him a veiled threat saying they will have to investigate if it was the work of another family member. This is when Singh confessed that he had downloaded the pornographic material, police said.

A native of Punjab, Singh, who has completed 22 years in the army, was posted in Mumbai two years ago.

The police are waiting for reports of forensic tests on the hard disks and computer seized from his house. This case is being treated as a priority and the results are expected to be out in a month.