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How Delhi Police Recovered Thousands Of Pictures From Google Techie Who Blackmailed Women After Getting Nudes

DELHI: Thousands of obscene, nude images of over 200 women, including foreigners, allegedly found on the laptop of a 33-year-old techie in Noida who works as a market research analyst at Google.

The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested an employee of Google for reportedly posing as a Russian magazine editor and harassing women on Instagram after coaxing them to share nude images. According to the police, the accused, Mohit Sharma (33), lives in Noida and had done engineering and MBA.

According to sources, almost 4,000 pornographic photographs were recovered on his laptop during the technological investigation. During questioning, he admitted that this was his side business. He sold images and videos of victims on porn websites.

In 2020, Mohit Sharma allegedly contacted the women on Instagram and befriended them by posing as a magazine editor from Russia. He requested nude images from her under the guise of publishing them in the magazine.

Google employee Mohit Sharma arrested by Delhi Police for harassing women after demanding their nudes

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According to police sources, he first obtained images of the woman and her sister and then allegedly threatened to post them online if they did not provide more. According to police, he also allegedly forwarded the images to her friends and family and posted them online.

 ​​​​​​​​​K P S Malhotra, ​​​​​​​​​DCP/IFSO, ​​​​​​​​Special Cell, Delhi Police said In September 2020, a complaint was filed against him online with the local police, and in June 2021, with the Delhi Police Cyber Cell.

The complainant had alleged that someone created a fake Instagram account with username Archudnes and posted naked pictures of the complainant on it and further threatened to share her latest pictures.

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After a preliminary enquiry, a case was registered under section 67 IT Act.

During the investigation, digital footprints, registrant details were collected from Instagram and Hotmail which provided the IP addresses of the alleged user at the time of the alleged offence and creation of Hotmail ID.

The IP addresses of the alleged Instagram account and the Hotmail ID linked with it were found to be linked with Airtel broadband WIFI connection installed at the residence of the accused in Noida.

The suspect was examined but he denied his involvement and claimed that his WIFI was hacked by someone and he has given a complaint in this regard.

The laptop and mobile phones belonging to the accused were seized and examined. There was no visible data related to the case in the said devices. However, the same were subjected to Forensic Analysis at IFSO for extracting deleted data.

As per the analysis by experts at NCFL, thousands of obscene images of women including the images relevant in the case were found in the extracted data from the laptop being used by accused Mohit Sharma.

As a result, Section 66C of the IT Act, Section 419 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Pocso) Act were all invoked in the case, and the accused was arrested on February 25. It was also discovered that he had previously been involved in a similar case handled by the Noida police cyber cell.

The accused, a resident of Kendriya Vihar in Noida Sector 82, works for the online behemoth Google.

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