Notice to Delhi police in blackmail case of Anoushka Shankar

Last Updated: Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 15:26

New Delhi: A court on Saturday issued a
fresh notice to Delhi Police in the case of alleged blackmail
of Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar,
directing it to ensure availability of a response from the US
authorities on the Letters Rogatory forwarded to them.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashu Garg directed the
Investigating Officer of the Delhi Police`s Special Cell to
file the response also on the forensic examination of the
seized laptop of accused Junaid Khan, a Mumbai-based
businessman.

A Letters Rogatory -- the formal request to the
judicial authorities in a foreign country for getting help in
collection of evidence -- was forwarded to the US authorities
seeking help from Google Incorporation in the case in November
last year.

The court also issued summons to the Investigating
Officer seeking his presence before it on November 11.

Meanwhile, the court allowed an application filed by
Suleiman M Khan, the counsel, seeking exemption of the accused
from personal appearance.

Khan, who was accused of sending e-mails to Anoushka
demanding USD 1,22,000 in return for the private photographs
obtained after hacking her mail IDs, has been granted bail by
the court on November 19 last year.

The police alleged Khan had first sent threatening
emails from the UAE and then from Mumbai. He was nailed after
the police found that the phone number allegedly used for the
purpose had been registered in Khan`s name.

Khan, who deals in shares and stocks, was arrested by
the Delhi Police on September 14, last year.

He had been booked under IPC provisions relating to
extortion and theft and other provisions of the Information
Technology Act.

The police had filed the chargesheet in the case on
November 11 last year.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 15:26

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