Court rejects ‘Sulli Deals’ app creator’s bail request

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NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Sunday refused to grant bail to Aumkareshwar Thakur, the creator of derogatory app ‘Sulli Deals’, saying the investigation is at a very nascent stage and allowing bail at this stage “prejudice to a fair investigation”.

Thakur, 25, a resident of Newyork Township, Indore, was apprehended by Delhi police on January 8.

In its ruling, the court said, “The defendant knowingly used Top Browser so that his identity could not be disclosed and various complaints were received against Sulli Deals App which are pending across India.”

He added that the investigation, currently, is an ongoing investigation and the accused was arrested after great and lengthy efforts after going through the MLAT process.

While the lawyer representing Thakur argued that bail cannot be denied simply on the basis of community feelings and that “the defendant has been brought before the media”, the court argued that at this stage, it “cannot ignore the particular facts of the case which reflect on the seriousness and seriousness of the accused’s alleged acts”.

“Furthermore, the misuse of technology and the impact of the alleged acts on the greater part of society cannot be reduced to negligible compared to other offenses with more severe penalties,” he said. he declares.

The derogatory mobile app had surfaced in July last year where photos of Muslim women were posted without their consent for ‘auctions’.

The Delhi Police Cyber ​​Crime Unit had registered an FIR under Section 354-A (Sexual Harassment and Penalties for Sexual Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code on July 8.

Apart from “Sulli Deals”, another shocking incident of harassment and insults against women from the minority community on social media came to light on January 1 after a Delhi-based journalist filed a complaint with the police in Delhi stating that she was the target of some unidentified group of people on a mobile application, this time named “Bulli Bai”, again created on the GitHub platform.

“Bulli Bai” had a number of photos of women, including journalists, social workers, students and famous people, along with derogatory content. The app has listed hundreds of Muslim women for “auctions”.

However, its creator, Niraj Bishnoi, was also arrested by Delhi police on January 6.

During his interrogation, it emerged that he used to interact with various virtual identities on social media and participate in group chats.

In July 2021, in one of the groups that Bishnoi was a member of, another member of the group shared the details of “Sulli Deals”. This was the first time Bishnoi or other members of the group had heard of the Sullideals app on GitHub. The said Twitter handle was canceled and it was learned that after the uproar, the Twitter handle and other footprints were erased from various social media platforms.

Bishnoi revealed details that said Twitter handle belonged to someone who is staying in Indore. Based on technical analysis, a Twitter handle in the name of the accused Thakur was identified and on January 8, a team from IFSO, Special Cell visited Indore.

Thakur has been examined and his technical gadgets have been subjected to preliminary analysis. During the investigation, he was subjected to an interrogation during which he confessed to having created the Sulli Deal application on GitHub. GitHub access was to all members of the group. He had shared the app on his Twitter account where photos of Muslim women were uploaded by members of the group.

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