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Spammed by ‘sacked’ officer,President’s Secy goes to cops

Rashtrapati Bhavan has asked Delhi Police to “restrain” a dismissed Excise inspector who has allegedly been bombarding the President’s office with abusive text messages.

Rashtrapati Bhavan has asked Delhi Police to “restrain” a dismissed Excise inspector who has allegedly been bombarding the President’s office with abusive text messages.

Police have identified the purported offender — a former officer based in Mumbai who was fired in 2009 — and registered a case,but have not moved against him yet.

The President’s Secretary,Christy Fernandez,who received the messages,described the sender as “deranged”. The messages,details of which Fernandez has provided to police,are incoherent and make personal allegations against the President.

Fernandez went to the Crime Branch on January 16 after receiving “about 84 messages in 48 hours”. He asked the police to “keep a watch on the officer (who) has been sending SMSes since 10 pm last night (January 15)”. “It is necessary to restrain him and if need be,take legal action,” Fernandez wrote in his complaint.

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On Wednesday,Fernandez told Newsline: “The man appeared deranged. He would send abusive messages several times,which made it difficult for me to keep my phone on. I lost my patience after he sent me about 84 messages in nearly 48 hours. It was then that I decided to approach the police,because the messages had to be stopped somehow.”

A senior police officer investigating the case said the suspected sender of the messages was upset over being sacked. He had appealed to the President,and appeared to have been severely disappointed at not getting relief.

“Subsequent to the termination (of his services),the officer appealed,but the plea was rejected. He then appealed to the President of India and this time again the plea was rejected,” the officer said. He could not say exactly why the aggrieved Excise officer had been fired.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Goel said,“We have registered a case under Section 66 (a) of the Information Technology Act. Further investigations are underway.”