When 20-year-old Kovid Patil created an obscene profile of an excise department officer on the internet, he may have not known that he would end up in the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell’s (CCIC) net and spend time in police custody.
Kovid allegedly created a shady profile of a female excise officer (name withheld) on Orkut.com, a social networking site, to get back at her for sending a notice to his father’s company, Technocrats India, over excise dues.
Kovid, who was arrested by the CCIC officers on Monday evening, was produced before the additional metropolitan magistrate’s court on Tuesday and remanded in police custody till November 10.
Sources said that a complaint was registered at the Dindoshi police station by the excise officer, a middle-aged woman, after she received phone calls from strangers at unearthly hours of the day.
She then learnt that an obscene profile of hers had been created on Orkut.com portraying her as a call girl, and her cell phone number too was displayed on the website.
Investigations made by the CCIC traced the internet protocol address to Kovid’s house in Goregaon.
According to police sources, the motive behind the crime was to pressurise the lady officer and to harass her. The excise officer had served a notice to Kovid’s father Hemant Patil, asking him to pay up excise dues to the tune of Rs13 lakh.
Hemant Patil runs Technocrats India which manufactures components for the automotive, agriculture, earth moving and defence sectors. The company, apart from its office in Goregaon, has another office in Nagpur.
Kovid, who also helps his father in the business, had tried to evade the payment of the excise dues.
However, after his attempts were unsuccessful and the excise officer did not budge, he posted an obscene profile of her on the website, police sources said.
By Mayura Janwalkar