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University video leak | Sanjeev downloaded Rankaj’s picture from FB account: Probe

The woman told the police that the accused lured her with the offer of a role in a song by a famous Punjabi singer.

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The investigation in the university video leak case has so far established the role of two accused while two accused who were arrested from Himachal Pradesh were unaware of the crime until they were arrested by a team of Punjab Police on September 18.

The investigation so far has revealed that the crime started when accused Sanjeev Singh had displayed the picture of some other man on his WhatsApp account. The other man was Rankaj Verma who was also arrested in the case.

It came to light in the investigation that Sanjeev did not know Rankaj. But Sanjeev had randomly downloaded the picture of Rankaj from the latter’s Facebook account and made it his profile on WhatsApp. It was the same phone number which Sanjeev was using to call the woman accused.

The investigation revealed that Rankaj was into travel business and used to update his social media account with his latest pictures and in one such picture he was sitting inside a gym.

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“The picture was later made viral on social media. The picture was also used by accused Sanjeev to lure the women,” said a source in the police.

Sources said that after the entire issue had come to light on September 18 and the arrests were made, Rankaj and Sunny were confronted with the woman accused.

“She told the investigators that she never met Rankaj. She also revealed that she was in a relationship with Sunny around one-and-a half year ago. It was confusing but when the phone number used to call the woman accused was analysed, it turned out to be Sanjeev’s,” a source told The Indian Express.

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A court in Kharar reserved the order on the bail application of Rankaj for Thursday. His counsel Harvinder Singh Johal told The Indian Express that he had highlighted the copying of picture of Rankaj during the arguments on Tuesday.

Sources said that the woman accused had misled the interrogators during her questioning on the first day. When she was asked about the man to whom she was allegedly sending the videos to, she named Sunny Verma, her old acquaintance, and showed the picture of Rankaj and both were arrested by the police.

“Initially she hid the name of Sanjeev. It could be out of fear or she wanted to protect him but subsequently everything came to light,” an officer said.

First published on: 05-10-2022 at 01:12:46 pm
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