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Form special team to probe emails sent to Tata firm: Bombay HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The has directed the Police to constitute a "special team" of officials, who are experienced in dealing with cyber crimes, to probe into allegations of defamatory emails received by a subsidiary company of the

A vacation bench, presided by Justice SJ Kathawalla, also directed the Police to file a report by May 22 this year, both on the team and the progress made in the probe.

The bench was hearing a suit filed last year by the (TMIBASL), a subsidiary company of

As per the suit, for over a year now, senior officials of the TMIBASL and other group companies, have been receiving emails from several 'fictitious' email addresses containing "slanderous and defamatory" allegations against the company, its and other officials of TMIBASL.

In a hearing conducted last week, TMIBASL informed the bench that, recently, similar emails were also sent to the official email address of the

Meanwhile, the Cyber Cell of the city police has informed the court that it had written to the for assistance, and that it was yet to receive details of all the email addresses that were being used to spread the said content.

"Though some response is received from Google, the appearing for the plaintiffs (TMIBASL) points out that further emails have been sent to the of Police, New Delhi, under an email address that appears to be fictitious, making allegations against the senior officials/ executives of the

"Though the Cyber Cell, has been investigating the matter for more than one year, it has not made any headway in identifying the culprits and taking action against them. In view thereof, the Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai is directed to, forthwith, form a special team of police officers, who have experience in solving cyber crimes, to investigate the matter," the bench said.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:00 IST