Police Register FIR: Threats to Kill High Court Judges in Karnataka!!
The Central CEN Crime Police Station in Karnataka has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown suspects after the Press Relations Officer (PRO) of the High Court of Karnataka, K Muralidhar, reported receiving threats to his life and the lives of several judges.
The threat messages received via WhatsApp from an international number targeted six High Court judges and demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh to be paid to a bank account in Pakistan.
The police have taken immediate action and are investigating the matter to ensure the safety and security of those involved:
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WhatsApp Messages with Serious Threats
K Muralidhar, the High Court PRO, complained on July 14, stating that he received threatening messages on WhatsApp from an international number on July 12, around 7 pm.
The messages, written in Hindi, Urdu, and English, specifically targeted him and six High Court judges, including Justice Mohammed Nawaz, Justice HT Narendra Prasad, Justice Ashok G Nijagannavar (retired), Justice HP Sandesh, Justice K Natarajan, and Justice B Veerappa (retired).
The threats were linked to a so-called ‘Dubai gang’ and included five suspicious mobile phone numbers.
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Demand for Ransom and FIR Registration
The threatening messages demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh to be paid to a bank account in Pakistan. Alarmed by the serious nature of the threats, K Muralidhar promptly filed a complaint with the police.
The FIR has been registered under Sections 506, 507, and 504 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 75 and 66(F) of the Information Technology Act:
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These sections pertain to criminal intimidation, criminal intimidation by anonymous communication, and intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.
Legal Proceedings and Investigation
The police have taken the matter seriously and submitted the FIR before the 1st Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
The authorities are conducting a thorough investigation to identify the individuals behind the threats and the intentions behind the ransom demand.
The safety and security of the High Court judges and the PRO are of utmost importance, and the police are ensuring appropriate measures are taken to protect them.
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The threats made to the lives of the High Court PRO and several judges in Karnataka have led to the registration of an FIR by the Central CEN Crime Police Station.
The police are actively investigating the matter and taking necessary legal actions to bring the culprits to justice.
Such incidents serve as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding the judiciary and those associated with it from potential threats and dangers.
The authorities are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all individuals involved and upholding the state’s principles of justice and law.