Circulation of obscene clips on internet: Transit warrant against Odia man

Bengaluru: A special CBI court on Friday permitted the agency to take an accused Kaushik Kounar hailing from Odisha to Delhi on a four-day transit warrant to crack the case related to uploading of obscene videos on social networking sites.

“We are taking him (Kounar) to Delhi and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh to interrogate him for information on other accused in the porn case,” a CBI official said.

Preliminary inquiry of 30-year-old Kounar after his arrest here on Friday revealed he is a native of Odisha and has been living in the city since January 2013 as a driver and learnt using computers, internet, video camera and social media like Facebook and Whatapp for various activities.

On the Supreme Court’s February 27 directive, the CBI registered a case against the accused under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, 2000 at Kotwali police station in Sitapur district.

“Keeping a tab on Kounar and his movements, our sleuths were able to trace him and locate his rented home to trap him,” revealed the official who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Suspected to be a part of a larger gang that lured innocent women, especially teenage girls into sleaze, Kounar is alleged to have been involved in editing sex videos of women and uploading them on the internet for huge sums of money.

“We have recovered about 500 porn clips, secret cameras, editing software and other equipment, used in making video films from the bulk footage Kounar’s accomplices would send him by e-mail or through courier,” the official noted.

The investigation agency used cyber forensics software and interface with multiple internet service providers to ascertain the identity of persons who uploaded the sex videos on the net.

The apex court ordered a CBI inquiry into two rape cases flagged by Sunitha Krishnan, who runs anti-trafficking NGO Prajwala in Hyderabad.

Taking a suo motu cognisance of a letter Krishnan wrote to the top court after police failed to take action on her complaint, the special social justice bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Jutice U.U. Lalit ordered the CBI to probe into the circulation of porn videos on popular messaging services and hosting them on social media sites.

Kounar was trapped here as digital evidence exhibits used in uploading the video clips on the internet was discovered and recovered from his possession.

CBI sleuths raided Kaushik’s residence after tracing the IP address to the city from where the rape clips were uploaded.

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