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10 days on, no FIR in cop fake profile yet

Over 10 days after a fake Facebook profile of Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmad Javed was reported to the Mumbai Police, an FIR is yet to be registered.

On June 20, Mumbai resident Meet Ashar had sent an email to the police, informing them about a profile of Mr. Javed, who retired as Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.

The profile was followed by over 300 people at the time that it was reported, and had pictures of Mr. Javed, with obviously fake details of his profession and his place of residence.

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch was instructed to look into the matter.

While the profile was taken off Facebook on Saturday, the police have not registered an FIR yet.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Sachin Patil said, “We have sought details of the Internet Protocol [IP] address from which the profile was created and other relevant details from Facebook authorities, after which we will take action.”

Crime Branch sources told The Hindu that such delays on the part of Facebook in responce to requests from Indian law-enforcement agencies were a speed bump, which regularly delays investigations of cases involving the social networking site.

“Even the profile was taken off by Facebook authorities a good eight days after we made a formal request to them,” an officer said.

During this time, the profile gathered more than 600 followers. Mr. Javed is reported to have personally contacted Crime Branch top brass late last week to express his concerns.

“As servers of websites like Facebook and Twitter are based outside India, requests for information and blocking profiles are dealt with as per the law of [the countries where the servers are based], regardless of the seriousness that the crimes have in India,” a senior officer said.

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