MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has directed the cyber crime cell to verify if a Nerul woman’s mobile was hacked. Priya Nair, who works in a multi-national tech firm, has accused her estranged husband, Manoj, of hacking her phone and sending defamatory messages.
Justice Sadhana Jadhav heard a plea by Manoj and his parents, after Priya lodged a dowry complaint against them, accusing them of abusing and threatening her. “It appears the applicants have made out a case for the grant of pre-arrest bail as custodial interrogation would not be imperative,” said Justice Jadhav, granting Manoj and his parents anticipatory bail. The court said if they were arrested, they should be released on a personal bond of Rs 15,000 each, besides two sureties of the same amount. The HC also directed the investigating officer to request the cyber cell to submit a report in three months “to ascertain if Priya’s mobile was hacked… If the agency submits a report that the mobile was hacked by Manoj, and the cyber crime cell can affix the liability on him, it would be at liberty to seek permission from the magistrate to add IT Act sections”.
Priya claimed after her wedding with Manoj in August 2012, her mother-in-law kept her jewellery with her. She alleged she was told to make her parents pay for a flat and a car and that her unemployed husband was an alcoholic. Manoj’s lawyers claimed Priya had sent him abusive Whatsapp messages but she said it was her retaliation to him hacking her phone.