In a fresh development in a 2012 case of misuse of technology to settle pangs of professional jealousy in Panjab University, the cyber crime investigation cell of the UT police recorded the statement of one of the accused, before a magistrate, on Wednesday. False and malicious emails had been circulated to the media by a PU employee in the sensational case.
Dr Jagbir Singh, working as a sports ground marker at the dental department in the non-teaching faculty at the varsity, had sent emails to defame associate professor Dr Gurmeet Singh Kapoor in November 2012, and the police did register a case in this regard.
During investigation, it was learnt that the accused aspired to the post of PU sports director and started the email propaganda, when professor Kapoor came to assume the additional charge of PU sports director. Dr Jagbir was a doctorate in physical education and coveted the post.
WHAT WERE THE MESSAGES SENT
On November 2, 2012, a mail was sent to the media claiming that the associate professor in the department of physical education Dr Gurmeet Singh Kapoor had served a jail term in Patiala jail in a rape case. “A mail from firstname.lastname@example.org was sent to the media along with RTI applications which were addressed from a jail official. A vernacular paper reported the same. Dr Gurmeet had given a complaint claiming that the allegations were false,” said a police official.
On investigation, the jail officer on whose letter the alleged information of the RTI was attached was found to have been forged.
When the cyber crime wing zeroed in on the owner of the email address from which the mails were sent, it tracked down one Sital Das Katru. On interrogation, he revealed that Dr Jagbir had misued his email address to send the mail and on his statement the doctor was named as an accused.
Dr Jagbir Singh was booked under Sections 465 (forgery), 469 (harming reputation), 471 (using a forged document as real), 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant Sections of the IT Act. He was also arrested and is out on bail.
WHAT HAS COME OUT
Police sources told HT that the email address owner, Sital Das Katru, recorded his statement under Section 164 CrPC before the magistrate, and claimed that Dr Jagbir Singh misused his email address.
DSP (cyber crime) Rashmi Sharma Yadav said with this statement, the department would now be able to produce a challan against Dr Jagbir in court. Dr Jagbir refused to comment. The complainant, Dr Gurmeet Singh Kapoor said Dr Jagbir had started his campaign when he held the additional charge of director sports.