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Anoushka`s alleged blackmailer seeks bail

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 21:49

New Delhi: A man, who was arrested for
allegedly trying to extort money from Anoushka Shankar,
daughter of Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar, after obtaining her
private photographs by hacking her emails, today sought bail
from a Delhi court but Delhi Police opposed the relief.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja, after
hearing arguments from accused Junaid Khan and prosecution,
reserved the order on the application for tomorrow.

In his plea, Khan, arrested from Mumbai by Delhi
Police`s Special Cell on September 14, claimed he belongs to a
respectable family and had been implicated in the case.

The accused said he was a sub-dealer in a share trading
firm. "The present FIR was the first case against him and the
police had also failed to recover anything from him," his
counsel submitted.

Public Prosecutor Naveen Kumar, on the other hand,
opposed the bail saying the accused had demanded USD 1,22,000
from Shankar, who is residing in the USA, on the basis of her
private picture retrieved after hacking her emails.

A senior Home Ministry official had shot off a letter
to the Delhi Police on August eight on a complaint forwarded
to him by Pt Ravi Shankar stating his daughter was being
harassed and blackmailed on the material stolen from her
emails and lap-top and being asked huge money in return for
the pictures.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 21:49
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