J&K High Court Orders FIR Against Facebook India Head, Ors In Online Fraud Case

Jammu, Feb 20: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the J&K Cyber Cell to register FIR against Facebook India head and other accused persons in a matter concerning online fraud on a petition filed by one Vivek Sagar.

The accused in the matter include Facebook India, its country head Ajit Mohan, Bajaj Finance Limited, Rajiv Jain MD Bajaj Finance, and others.

Earlier, the petitioner who was cheated through an advertisement made on Facebook and was duped of an amount of Rs 20,700 by an online fraudster had approached the Jammu and Kashmir Cyber Police Cell wherein it was alleged by the complainant that he had been trapped by accused persons including Facebook, Bajaj Finance, Quadrant Televentures, and others who duped him of Rs 20,700, by making the use of internet and SMS Communication services and thereby committing the offence under relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act, 2000.

The petition said that as the cyber Police did not take any action on complaint, they approached the local Jammu Court under section 156(3) CrPC seeking direction for registration of FIR against the accused person. …but the local court also left it open to the wisdom of the police authorities to decide for the registration of the FIR.

Thereafter, the order of the local court was challenged by the petitioner in the J&K High Court which ordered the police to file FIR against accused persons.

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