Chandigarh, June 23
Despite the fact that the investigation into the Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu, aka Sippy Sidhu, murder case revealed that Sippy had got Kalyani Singh’s objectionable picture transmitted through various contacts, no case was registered against the suspects who acted as conduits.
No complaint was received from the victim. The UT police, that had earlier investigated the case, also did not take cognisance and initiate action against the conduits.
There is a provision under Section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act, 2000, to book a person for the crime.
Advocate Poonam Thakur said in such cases, the consent of the victim was very important, whether she was willing to pursue her case or not. “The registration of an FIR is just one step, the case needs to be proved for which the investigating agency should have witnesses,” she said.
Another advocate AS Gujral said even if the police took cognisance, in the absence of a statement from the victim and without the statements of people who have received offensive pictures, the case would not stand.
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