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Bail Denied: Fraudster Behind Fake H&ME Website Faces Legal Setback

Court Rejects Bail Application of Fraudster For Creating H&ME’s Fake Website


Srinagar 01 Dec (CNS): Srinagar Court has rejected the bail plea of a cyber fraudster, who along with other accomplices, had allegedly created a fake website of the Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department and uploaded counterfeit appointment orders on it.

According to CNS, Court of City Judge Srinagar Fozia Paul rejected the bail plea of cyber fraudster identified as Sajad Hussain, a resident of Hamdania Colony Bemina Srinagar.

The accused was arrested in case FIR No. 16/2023 by Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone Srinagar for offences under sections of 66-D IT Act, 34, 120-B, 468 IPC.

“Deputy Secretary to the Government Health and Medical Education Department filed a complaint before Cyber Police Kashmir in which he has submitted that a fake commercial website with URL has been created in the name of Health and Medical Education Department by some unknown persons,” persons privy to the development said.

They further stated that the data/interface actually borne on the official website of the H&ME Department under the URL:// has also been cloned. “Besides fake orders referencing the Health and Medical Education Department UT of J&K have also been created and uploaded on the said website,” they added.

In this regard, a case FIR No. 16/2023 U/S 66 D IT Act- 468 IPC was registered and investigation was taken up by the Cyber Police Kashmir.

“During the course of investigation, the complainant produced the printout copies of fake appointment orders uploaded on the fake/cloned website These fake appointment orders were seized and a seizure memo was prepared.”

After the thorough investigation into the case, it was said the accused, Sajad Hussain, admitted his crime besides two more persons were also identified taking the total number of accused to seven among whom Sajad and two other accused persons have been arrested.

However, the remaining persons were said to have been absconding and yet to be arrested.

Meanwhile, the bail application filed before the Court of City Judge Srinagar Fozia Paul by the accused’s counsel was rejected.

However, it further informed that Asifa Rashid Mir while opposing the bail application said that the investigation of the case is at infancy stage and the accused persons including the applicant are habitual criminals. “Being a habitual offender, there is likelihood that the accused persons may abscond from the process of the law and will repeat offences as has been observed earlier,” sources said.

“Asifa further argued that there is every possibility that the accused will hamper the investigation and will destroy the material evidence and will influence and threaten the prosecution witness.”

City Judge Srinagar Fozia Paul while rejecting the bail plea of the accused person said that issuing fake appointment orders to innocent people who have become victims of this fraud, is a matter of serious concern at this stage. “If the accused is enlarged on bail, it would give the society a feeling that these violations are of lesser gravity as compared to other societal crimes like murder or assault,” she said.

After taking strong note of all the facts and high magnitude of the case besides the fact that the investigation in the matter is at its initial stage, the Court rejected the bail application of the accused. (CNS)

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