Game of Thrones episode four leak: Sessions court rejects bail plea of one of the four accused

One of the four accused in the Game of Thrones episode four online leak — Abhishek Ghildiyal's bail plea was rejected citing evidence tampering as a reason

FP Staff September 21, 2017 18:58:30 IST
Game of Thrones episode four leak: Sessions court rejects bail plea of one of the four accused

A sessions court rejected the bail plea of software engineer Abhishek Ghildiyal, 26, who was arrested for leaking the fourth episode of the popular fantasy-drama television series, Game of Thrones, online.

Game of Thrones episode four leak Sessions court rejects bail plea of one of the four accused

File image of a still from episode 4, season 7 of Game of Thrones.

"New inventions in internet activities are being developed daily . Therefore, investigation of such offences is a difficult task before the investigating agency . Since the investigation is still at an initial stage if the applicant is released on bail the accused being a software test engineer, the possibility of tampering with evidence cannot be ruled out," said the court, according to a Times of India report.

The sessions court further added that there was no doubt that Ghildiyal had access to the leaked episode, having been proven to have a user ID and password along with records that confirmed that the software engineer had accessed the file in dispute (leaked episode four) at the same time as Mohammed Suhail, the co-accused in the case. The link to the confidential file was then further shared amongst other, as reported previously.

"At this stage, if the applicant is released on bail and he being software test engineer, the possibility of tampering of evidence cannot be ruled out,” observed the sessions court while rejecting the bail plea, according to an Indian Express report.

Ghildiyal has been booked under section 408 (criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant), section 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Alok Sharma and Bhaskar Joshi were the other two who were arrested alongside Ghildiyal and Suhail (all employees of Prime Focus Technologies; Hotstar's technology vendor) in association with the leak.

The fourth episode was scheduled to be aired for viewing in the United States of America on 6 August and in India on 7 August, and was leaked online from Star India.

Ghildiyal reportedly claims that he was falsely implicated in the case and was about to quit the company.

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