Cybercriminals used Google to fool people, Delhi court asks police to investigate tech giant

Observing that citizens have been made vulnerable by “the reckless indifference of Google authorities”, a Delhi judge ordered police to investigate Google authorities for criminal conspiracy in a cyber fraud case, after that the police alleged that Google was a “partner in crime”. for allegedly receiving Rs 30 lakh from cybercriminals for presenting their bogus website in his top research.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana ordered the DCP Cyber ​​Cell to investigate the role of Google authorities for conspiracy and complicity. Judge made the order while dismissing bail requests from two men accused of being part of a cyber fraud racketeering that created bogus websites to target people trying to file cyber fraud complaints .

ASJ Rana said, “Google search has become an indispensable part of everyday life” and added, “If you don’t pay for the product, you are the product. Citizens have been made vulnerable and exposed by the reckless indifference of Google authorities. “

The judge said he was aware of his limited role in hearing bail applications, but was “also aware of the onerous duty to oversee investigations and the sacrosanct duty of all. public institutions to its masters, the ordinary citizens of the country. “

The case is being investigated by the Delhi Police Special Cell, which registered an FIR on October 21 under sections 419 of the IPC (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonest incitement to deliver goods) and 120B IPC (criminal association punishment).

The complainant is a counselor, who was first scammed by a fake website which tricked him into Rs 62,500 when he attempted to buy a cell phone. He then tried to file a complaint and found a website named “Jan Suraksha Kendra”. The complainant gave the agents of this website 2,800 rupees, believing they would help investigate his cyber complaint. However, they quickly blocked his number.

State Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed opposed the bail application for Omendra Shrivastav and Sourabh Pandey, who were working as telephone operators in the alleged racketeering. They allegedly took between Rs 500 and Rs 30,000 in the name of a “registration fee”.

ASJ Rana said incidents of cybercrime using bogus and fraudulent websites have reached “alarming proportions” and every day thousands of “gullible citizens are cheated with impunity”.

The court said it was unfortunate that such scam websites popped up when an innocent citizen searches online. “Apparently the police are not taking any concrete action against the platforms, which makes it easier to commit such offenses,” the court said.

Ahmad told the court: “Google actually instructs its customers to make their websites appear at the top of the Google search… in this case also, Google received Rs 30 lakh from the accused and that is how the site The Accused’s Web has surfaced on the top in Google Search … by intentionally aiding the main culprits, Google is in fact a partner in the crime and their role needs to be investigated.

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