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‘Bulli Bai’ Case Accused Vishal Kumar Jha Tests Covid-19 Positive

The 21-year-old engineering student was first detained by Mumbai Police on Jan 3 and was later arrested.

Mumbai: Mayank Rawat and Shweta Singh, accused in 'Bulli Bai' app case, being produced at Bandra court in Mumbai, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Image used for representational purposes only. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Vishal Kumar Jha, the first accused arrested by Mumbai Police in ‘Bulli Bai‘ app case, has tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to a quarantine center run by BMC, his lawyer confirmed as per ANI report.

Mumbai police had arrested the accused from his Bengaluru residence last Monday and later sent him to police custody till January 10. Other accused Shweta Singh and Mayank were sent to custody of Mumbai Police Cyber Cell till January 14 by a court in Bandra.

According to his lawyer, his client, a 21-year-old engineering student has been falsely implicated in the case.

The police have previously sought 10-day police custody of the accused and permission to carry out a search at his Bengaluru premises.

Vishal Kumar being taken to be presented before a Bandra Court on Tuesday. (Photo/ANI)
Vishal Kumar being taken to be presented before a Bandra Court on Jan 4. (Source: ANI)

On January 4, Mumbai police detained a woman in Uttarakhand believed to be the mastermind behind the ‘Bulli Bai‘ app.

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“The main accused woman was handling three accounts related to the ‘Bulli Bai‘ app. Co-accused Vishal Kumar opened an account by the name Khalsa supremacist. On Dec 31, he changed the names of other accounts to resemble Sikh names. Fake Khalsa account holders were shown,” Mumbai Police had informed.

Mumbai Police on January 3 had filed a first information report (FIR) against unknown persons based on complaints that doctored photographs of women were uploaded for auction on the ‘Bulli Bai‘ application hosted on the GitHub platform.

On Jan 2, West Mumbai Cyber Police station registered a case against the ‘Bulli Bai‘ app developers and Twitter handles that promoted the app.

The case was registered against the unknown culprits under sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion etc), 153(B) (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 295(A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 500 (criminal defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of Information Technology Act.

(With inputs from ANI)

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