By now, I’m sure most of you guys know that Aamir Khan recently received legal notices for promoting homosexuality and nudity though his show, Satyamev Jayate and film, PK, respectively. But not many knew that even he had filed a police complaint against someone who had launched a major hate campaign against Satyamev Jayate online.
The police displayed excellent acting skills as they zeroed in on the 32-year-old suspect from Udaipur. The police got the internet protocol address of the computer that was used allegedly by the suspect. He had posted derogatory information about the funds for various causes generated through SMSes sent on the number given on the show, on a website www.speakingtree.com.
Clarifying it, Aamir posted on his Facebook page, “I would like to clarify that all donations sought in SMJ are used and channelled for entirely deserving and secular causes, contrary to the content of the highly mischievous/malicious insinuations in the messages, being circulated by vested and unscrupulous interests.”
Following that, a team was sent to Udaipur to trace the suspect. “On reaching suspect’s Udaipur address, we learnt that he had sold his house for Rs 1.25 crore. We made inquiries and found that his grandfather had just passed away. Since we didn’t have his new address, we told one of his old neighbours that we were his friends and wanted to attend the condolence meeting. The locals helped us gain entry to his house,” said an officer from the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) and who was part of the team that apprehended the suspect.
The officer added that once the suspect arrived at the meeting, the policemen caught him. “He told us that when he learnt about the arrest of the Karnataka-based accused, he shifted his base thinking that he would help him evade arrest.”
In March, Aamir Khan had met Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sadanand Date and briefed him about ‘false and malicious messages’ being circulated on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp and said that they were damaging his image and the reputation of his show. Date had then asked the CCIC to look into the matter. Investigation revealed that there were multiple smear campaigns against Satyamev Jayate.
“In first instance, a malicious blog was written, giving negative publicity to the show. In that case, we traced the suspect Ajit Vadakayil, 58, to Karnataka. Vadakayil, a retired merchant navy captain, admitted to have written the alleged post in 2010-11. He also claimed that he had done some research on the issue before posting it on social media. However, he later realised that his research was wrong and regretted his action. Vadakayil was arrested in April and a charge sheet was filed against him,” he affirmed.
Kudos to Aamir and our police force!