Police to seek Interpol help to crack Anoushka blackmail case
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:44
New Delhi: Delhi police has sought the Interpol's help to solve a criminal case relating to a threat to blackmail Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka Shankar on the basis of her private photographs.

The police told a court here that it sought the Interpol's assistance after it failed to procure the requisite specific information from the Google Corporation regarding the e-mail through which Anoushka was being allegedly blackmailed by Mumbai-based businessman Junaid Khan.

The police suffered a setback in its probe as the information received from the Google on the basis of letters rogatory revealed that the hard-disc of Mumbai-based businessman Junaid Khan's laptop seized by the police did not contain Anoushka's photographs.

The Google had provided information to Delhi police on US authorities instructions after a Delhi court issued letters rogatory seeking the same. The information, however did not prove sufficient.

"We could not get the specific information which we sought from Google on the letters rogatory. We have sent a letter to the Interpol with a request to get the information from Google USA through authorities concerned," Delhi police submitted in a supplementary chargesheet filed against accused Junaid Khan, a Mumbai-based businessman, in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav.

The police, however, did not divulge details in the chargesheet of the specific information it had sought from Google.

The police said in its chargesheet that though Junaid had created an e-mail ID to send threatening mails to Anoushka, the records of the same was not found in his mobile phone.


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:44

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