Engineer Hacks Police’s Passport Verification System To Impress His Wife, Arrested
Trying to impress his wife landed an engineer in trouble after cyber police of crime branch arrested him for allegedly hacking into the system of the city police’s passport verification branch and clearing the inquiry reports of three applicants, including his wife.
TOI reported that the 27-year-old accused Raja Babu Shah wanted to impress his wife, who planned to go abroad for a job, police said. To avoid any suspicion, Shah, a tech-savvy person, cleared two more inquiries. “Documents submitted by Shah’s wife were in order and there was no problem. But after the FIR, Shah’s wife’s passport has been stopped, said police. The accused is in judicial custo
The hacking incident took place last year on September 24 which was a holiday. The passport branch of the police was shut on that day. Later cops registered FIR against an unknown person at Azad Maidan police station for forgery of valuable security, will, identity theft, punishment for cheating by using computer resources under various sections of IPC and Information Technology Act.
Investigation was transferred to the south region cyber police station of crime branch. A team led by DCP Balsingh Rajput and comprising ACP Ramchandra Lotlikar, senior PI Kiran Jadhav and PSI Prakash Gawli collected technical intelligence and arrested the accused, Raja Babu Shah from Ghaziabad in UP. Shah was staying in a rented house in UP.
“Shah’s wife works in Mumbai. She had applied for a passport. Shah illegally accessed the system and cleared three inquiries including his wife’s,” said police. Police however, declined to say how Shah accessed the system.