Chandigarh University MMS Leak: According to authorities, the two men involved in the Chandigarh University leak case were pressuring the student who was arrested to distribute footage of other hostellers.
If the student did not record and post recordings of the hostel residents using the shared restroom, the accused Sunny Mehta and his friend Rankaj Verma allegedly threatened to make the student’s private videos popular.
Three people have been taken into custody by the Punjab Police: a student, a 23-year-old man from Himachal Pradesh who is rumoured to be her lover, and his 31-year-old acquaintance.
The following are the main developments in the Chandigarh University video leak controversy:
On midnight Saturday, Chandigarh University saw a large-scale uprising after students claimed that “private” and “objectionable” videos of a number of female dormitory residents had been posted online.
The students said that there were leaked videos of approximately 60 girls taking baths in the dorm. However, the university said in a statement that only one video had been distributed. Furthermore, the accused recorded and distributed it. According to them, the girl produced the video and shared it with her friend in Himachal Pradesh on her own.
The institution denied rumours that a student had died on campus in connection with the controversy and said that a female student had leaked the film by sending it to one of her classmates. The situation came to light after Chandigarh University’s provost clarified that there had been no suicides or fatalities on campus in a statement.
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The police reported that they have filed a FIR under Section 354-C (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, and that they are continuing their investigation.
A 23-year-old guy from Himachal Pradesh, who was allegedly her lover, was apprehended by police after the student who was accused of creating the tapes. He was also with his pal, a 31-year-old male was also held.
The phones of suspects were also taken by the police. The devices of all three suspected parties will be sent for forensic analysis, according to a police officer.
A three-person special investigation team (SIT) comprised solely of female police officers has been formed to look into the situation per the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
The three suspects were presented by the police on Monday in Mohali’s Kharar court, where they were sent for a ten-day remand. The offender was nonetheless given a seven-day police remand by the court.
Around 1.30 am on Monday, students at Chandigarh University ended their protest after receiving assurances of a fair and transparent investigation, according to Mohali police chief Soni.
While this was going on, the university declared “non-teaching days” up until September 24, at which point many students went home. A nine-member committee to investigate the incident has also been constituted by the university.