Notice to Delhi police in blackmail case of Anoushka Shankar
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 04, 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.


First Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010, 15:26

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