The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has identified a 68-year-old ex-Merchant Navy officer as one of the suspects in the case given by actor Aamir Khan last month.
On March 8, Khan had met JCP (Crime) Sadanand Date and with a complaint that ‘malicious’ content was being circulated about his television show Satyamev Jayate. A group on Facebook had posted a message alleging that the donations collected at the end of the show were being used to construct religious buildings for a particular community, although people from all communities gave donations. The same message was also posted on other websites such as Twitter and shared on messaging applications such as Whatsapp. The CCIC had at the time initiated inquiries into the incident.
Over the past two weeks, the CCIC traced the chain of Facebook users who had shared the message and zeroed in on three suspects. The CCIC set about tracing the Internet Protocol (IP) address of these accounts in order to identify the suspects.
One of them turned out to be a resident of Mangalore, who is a retired Merchant Navy officer .
“We conducted searches at his residence and seized his laptop. Further inquiries are under way,” said Date.
A source said as the sections against him were bailable and an immediate arrest would not have served any purpose, a decision was taken not to arrest him.