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Mumbai crime branch arrests ex-employee of insurance firm for defaming senior officials through emails

For over a year, senior officials and other group companies had been receiving emails from several ‘fictitious’ email addresses

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2018 00:26 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,insurance,cybercrime
The police are yet to establish the exact reason as to why the accused sent such emails and defamed the company and its employees. (HT FILE)

Cyber police officials of the Mumbai crime branch arrested a former employee of insurance firm for his involvement in sending emails containing “slanderous and defamatory” allegations against senior officials of the company.

The accused Pijushkanti Roy, 47, was arrested from Kolkata.

One of the leading insurances brokers, the company’s board members, senior officials, and a former CEO were allegedly defamed through these emails, which were sent using 26 fake email IDs.

For over a year, senior officials and other group companies had been receiving emails from several ‘fictitious’ email addresses.

After the company moved to the Bombay high court, the Mumbai police were directed to constitute a ‘special team’ of officials to probe the allegations.

The special team obtained technical details of the email IDs from service providers and zeroed in on some emails.

One of the emails led them to West Bengal and eventually to Roy, a former employee.

Roy’s name was mentioned by the complainant company as a suspect. He was arrested on Monday night, confirmed a crime branch officer.

Cops have also seized his mobile phone, a pen drive, passport and a hard disk. They are yet to establish the exact reason as to why he sent such emails and defamed the company and its employees.

Roy has been booked under relevant sections of criminal defamation, cheating, forgery, impersonation and criminal conspiracy.

First Published: May 23, 2018 00:25 IST