Nitin Atmaram Sisode –arandom Twitter user by the name of Sara Tendulkar–daughter of Cricket Icon Sachin Tendulkar, on Tuesday, was arrested from Andheri for allegedly creating a fake account of her and used it to tweet against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.
The Mumbai Police said that the accused, who works as an engineer, wanted to make money on an online platform and for which he was targeting celebrities to generate traffic. It was not the first time when he did it, as earlier Sisode had created five fake accounts of celebrities.
Police's cyber wing detained a laptop, two mobile phones, a router and other computer accessories from his Military Road, Marol, Andheri, residence.
A fake Twitter handle — @SaraSachin_rt — tweeted controversial posts against Pawar and few other politicians in October 2017, which sparked a controversy on the social media.
Later, the legendary batsman had to clarify that both his children are not on Twitter, but his personal assistant had filed a police complaint against it.
Earlier, the Police obtained the IP address of some other country, but an email account was linked to the fake Twitter account, which helped the cops to get the details of the Internet service he used, thus, Sisode was traced and sent to police custody till Feb 9.
According to Hindustan Times, Sisode’s Advocate Ajay Umapati Dubey said, “The case against my client is politically motivated. He is into the business of buying and reselling of old computers. If he was using the laptop, which was used in the commission of the said offense, unaware of the same, then he is not a criminal. His family believes he is innocent and we will soon move the court for his bail.”
The accused has been booked under sections 419 (cheating by personation) 420 (cheating), 500 (defamation) of the IPC and 66C (identity theft) and 66 D (cheating by personation) of the IT Act.