The AP Crime Investigation Department has refuted allegations aired in a bit of media over the seizure of a mobile phone purportedly belonging to the Member of Parliament, Narsapuram, Ok. Raghu Ramakrishna Raju, an accused in Cr 12/2021 charged below numerous sections, and clarified that the mobile phone has been within the custody of the AP Forensic Science Laboratory since May 18, 2021 and the CID has no entry to it.
The CID additionally has no means to seek out out what the precise phone quantity is because the closing report of the APSFL is awaited.
The CID, in a press word, mentioned that the ‘intervening propaganda’, by the accused was supposed to overawe the investigative company with false and frivolous complaints and flow into them in public area. “As far as investigation is involved, the cell phone alongside with the SIM is within the custody of FSL for detailed forensic evaluation. From time to time, updates on forensic evaluation are being knowledgeable to the jurisdictional court docket. The closing report from FSL is being awaited and it is solely then will probably be doable to ascertain the SIM no. within the phone of Mr. Raju. It is submitted that every one these developments shall be positioned earlier than the Supreme Court. The investigating company is pursuing the investigation in accordance with legislation and all insinuations on the contrary are incorrect and false,’’ the discharge mentioned.
There was a flutter on Sunday with a bit of media airing tales based mostly on a tweet by former IAS officer P.V. Ramesh that his members of the family obtained texts from a phone quantity, which was later recognized as that of Mr. Raju.
Mr. Raju had additionally despatched notices stating that the APCID had seized his mobile phone throughout investigation and demanded that his mobile phone ought to be given again.
The CID will now transfer the Supreme Court to cancel the bail of Mr. Raju and likewise examine additional on Mr. Ramesh’s tweets, tthe launch mentioned.
Seizure as per legislation
The MP was arrested from his residence in Hyderabad after instituting an FIR No. 12 / 21 u/s 124A, 153A, 505 r/w 120B IPC at CID PS on May 14. The CID mentioned that the mobile phone was seized as per the process and a seizure memo was ready within the presence of witnesses on May 15.
“The IO made the seizure invoking 102/165 Cr.P.C. which lay down the grounds for seizure by a police officer and the process to do the identical. The cellphone was an essential piece of proof within the case because the mentioned cellphone may comprise proof of the preparatory occasions to the fee of the crime and the function of the conspirators within the fee of the mentioned crime,’’ mentioned the discharge.
Further, Mr. Raju had admitted that the iPhone 11 Pro Max mobile phone carried Airtel SIM with the quantity 9000911111. At that time, there was no approach through which the Investigation Officer may verify what the precise quantity was and easily recorded what was instructed to him by Mr. Raju. The mobile phone in a sealed cowl was forwarded to AP FSL on May 18 for preliminary evaluation, dump information, picture and the ultimate report of the FSL sustaining correct chain of custody. A dump of the phone was submitted to the CID Court on May 27 and processed dump information (Image) was submitted to the court docket on May 31.
“This being so, it seems from the media experiences concerning the textual content of criticism made by the accused Mr. Raju to Delhi Police claiming CID seized his SIM with quantity 9000922222, utterly contradicting his personal assertion made within the presence of impartial witnesses whereas getting ready the seizure memo on May 15,’’ mentioned the discharge.