Mumbai Police probes 'fake' Hrithik Roshan email ID, moves court
On 25 March, Hrithik Roshan had registered a complaint with the cyber crime cell claiming that an imposter had generated an email ID in his name.
Mumbai: An application has been filed by Mumbai police before a local court seeking issuance of notice to authorities at Mail and Media Inc regarding information about an email ID allegedly created by an imposter in the name of Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan.
On 25 March, Hrithik had registered a complaint with the cyber crime cell in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex claiming that the ID 'hroshan.email.com' has been generated by an imposter and that the person was using it to communicate with his fans and others.
Hrithik had lodged the complaint after actress Kangana Ranaut at filmmaker Karan Johar's birthday party in May 2014 thanked Hrithik for appreciating her work in the film Queen.
When Hrithik told her he had not seen the movie, Kangana told him that she had received an email from him from the 'hroshan.email.com' ID and that she has been corresponding on the email ID since several months.
Hrithik then denied having any such email address and said his ID was another one. Kangana, who has fallen out with Hrithik, later forwarded all the email sent and received by her from the 'hroshan.email.com' ID.
Acting on Hrithik's complaint, the cyber crime cell on 18 March sent a letter to the Chief Technical Officer of Mail and Media Inc. which runs 'email.com' seeking information about the said account.
The chief technical officer replied to the police and asked them to contact the company's legal department at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Accordingly, police sent a letter on 31 March to the legal department which stated in a reply that "We require subpoena from a court to release such account information. If you are able to provide such document please address it as follows."
The cyber cell then filed the application before the metropolitan magistrate on 18 April requesting it to issue a notice to the company situated in Pennsylvania, US, under Section 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) directing it to produce the said information.
"If the court does not issue the notice then the police will not be able to probe the complaint further due to lack of information," the application filed by Cyber Crime Cell police inspector Kalpana Gadekar said.
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