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Crime Branch seeks to extend police custody of armyman

The Crime Branch will press for further custody of Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh (42), arrested for uploading child pornographic material on the Internet.

mumbai Updated: May 12, 2010 02:25 IST
HT Correspondent

The Crime Branch will press for further custody of Lieutenant Colonel Jagmohan Balbir Singh (42), arrested for uploading child pornographic material on the Internet.

Singh will be produced in a magistrate’s court on Wednesday at the end of his seven days’ police custody.

Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Himanshu Roy said the extension of Singh’s custody is imperative as that the police are yet to receive some crucial cyber forensic reports.

When the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) sleuths raided Singh’s Colaba flat on May 7, they seized two hard disks of 80 GB memory space each.

The hard disks contained many “incriminating” photographs and videos depicting child pornography, said Roy.

During his interrogation, Singh reportedly told the police that he had downloaded the porn clips and videos from the Internet and then uploaded them on two popular porn sites.

The investigators were not convinced by Singh’s answers and sent the disks for cyber forensic analysis to establish their origin — whether they were actually downloaded from a site or from videos procured by Singh himself.

The hard disks, sources in the CCIC said, contained videos ranging from three minutes to half-an-hour duration.

There were 320 videos in both the hard disks, of children — all of western origin — aged between three and 12.

The police had maintained that Singh’s was a standalone act and he did not appear to have anyone helping him. Once the forensic analysis establishes the origin of these videos, Singh could be confronted with the findings.

Roy said copies of the police findings will be submitted to the German federal police, who had tipped off the Interpol about Singh’s wrongdoings, after the charge sheet in the case was filed. He ruled out the possibility of handing over Singh to the German police who had registered an offence against him there.

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