New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday charged Congress
with indulging in "cyber crime" over the issue of "theft" of its online identity and demanded a reply to the legal notice issued to the party more than a week ago.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party suspects that the Congress
party has covertly negotiated with a cyber squatter and used
his site bjp.com to first spread malicious content affecting
"In the recent past they have used this squatter`s site
(bjp.com) to redirect it to the AICC. The identity of the
owner of this site has been kept masked all the while. These
are not steps taken unknowingly. This matter relates to what
is known as cyber crime," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman
Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting) is
registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad
faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark
belonging to someone else.
Claiming that she had adequate proof of the allegations
made two days ago that Congress was indulging in "petty,
pickpocket-like theft" of its online identity, Sitharaman
said, "Barely few hours after we went public with this online
identity theft, the website was inaccessible.
"We tracked an answering machine linked with this site
and it kept leading us to a website `namecheap.com. Strangely,
on Monday the website bjp.com was back on the internet but had
information unrelated to the party`s activities".
Sitaraman had earlier said the bjp.com website`s owner
details were provided as Bharat Journals and Publications and
some telephone numbers in the US had been provided. When
contacted, the US phones were connected to answering machines,
with nobody responding to the calls.
She today also attacked the Congress for trashing BJP`s
allegations as "frivolous" and questioned the rival party`s claim that it was yet to receive a legal notice.
"The India Post website is testimony to the fact that the
legal notice was delivered to the Congress party. It is
strange they claim they have not received it. And, if they
have not received it, then how can they call the allegation
frivolous," the BJP spokesperson said.
She demanded a "studied response" from the Congress to
the legal notice sent nine days ago and said the party would
consider approaching the police based on the reply