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A fourth suspect, an alleged washroom bugging and an HC petition, here are all the updates on the CU MMS Row.

by The Canadian Parvasi

On Tuesday, the second day of the investigation, the SIT committee went to the scene of the crime to investigate any potential bugging in the college washrooms. The Punjab Police, alongside the Forensic Science Lab Deputy Director Ashwani Kalia, probed the washroom on the seventh floor of the D-Block of the hostel where the alleged voyeurism took place. The SIT committee also recorded the statement of the hostel warden, who had previously been suspended after misbehaviour allegations by the female students in the hostel.

Furthermore, a fourth alleged suspect, who was said to be a part of Rankaj Verma and Sunny Mehta’s friend group, had supposedly also been nabbed

Furthermore, a fourth alleged suspect, who was said to be a part of Rankaj Verma and Sunny Mehta’s friend group, had supposedly also been nabbed. He had been in contact with the main accused and media reports allege that they had an extensive chat on a social media platform and even exchanged videos. This person is said to be a canteen worker at Chandigarh University, the epicentre of the scandal.

News of 12 more obscene videos being found on the primary suspect’s phone made rounds yesterday but the SIT head ADGP Gurpreet Kaur Deo shut down all rumours stating, “It’s incorrect, I am not going into the details of the investigation”.

The Punjab Police, who initially denied finding any videos apart from the victim’s own, stated in court that another video of an unidentified girl was found on one of the male suspect’s mobile phone. The video was recorded in the hostel washroom but was allegedly not obscene or objectionable in nature.

The police also reportedly grilled the suspects for over seven hours at the Sadar Police Station, Kharar. After the investigation, it was reported that the fourth suspect had gone back to his hometown of Hoshiarpur.

There had been a sizeable opposition to the prime suspect’s statement in the video where she was initially being confronted by her hostel mates. The suspect seemed to agree when asked if someone was blackmailing her, forcing her to take the action she took, but netizens seemed to claim that she was dodging responsibility  and was trying to ‘play the victim.’

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 However, a preliminary investigation by the police reportedly revealed chats of her being blackmailed by one of the male accused. The accused was allegedly her boyfriend’s friend who had caught hold of her private videos and threatened to leak them if she did not comply and send videos of other girls.

Sources also added that the main suspect and the fourth accused had exchanged videos non-vulgar videos of other girls and that the main suspect had tried to take objectionable videos too but somehow was not able to shoot them properly.

Accused Rankaj Verma’s brother broke his silence on the matter claiming to the media that his brother’s picture was being used by an unknown number. Advocating for his brother’s innocence, he stated that he had approached the police on September 18 to trace the phone number from which the videos were being circulated. It was alleged that Sunny Mehta would send these videos to a phone number with Rankaj’s picture as the profile picture on WhatsApp.

It is also reported that a petition related to the case has been filed on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Punjab, and Haryana High Court.

It is also reported that a petition related to the case has been filed on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Punjab, and Haryana High Court. The petition details the plea to hand over the case to CBI.  The petition comes after a video of a heated discussion between police officer Navreet Singh Virk and the students of CU made rounds on Twitter. In the video, Virk was seemingly belittling the issue and gaslighting the students stating that the ‘smart students had already gone home ‘ and that the students had no valid questions. He was also seen mockingly stating in the video, “jao bete jao, protest karo.” (Kid, go do your protests) followed by a smirk and, ”je teri chhati jyada chaudi aa na, please behave” to the students.

The mobile phones and other devices of the accused had been handed over to the forensic department and the results of the forensic analysis are awaited

The mobile phones and other devices of the accused had been handed over to the forensic department and the results of the forensic analysis are awaited. These reports are said to take a few days and only after their result can one conclusively form an opinion on what went down in the MMS row.

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