The accused allegedly committed the offences in the districts of Chitrakoot, Banda and Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh and his victims were children in the age group of 5 to 16 years.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a junior engineer of Uttar Pradesh irrigation department for sexual exploitation and abuse of 50 children and selling videos and photographs of nefarious acts on the dark net to other paedophiles across the globe for 10 years, according to reports.
He is alleged to have victimised about 50 children in the age group of 5-16 years in the districts of Chitrakoot, Banda and Hamirpur, officials said. He was arrested from Banda and is likely to be produced before the competent court soon.
During searches, the CBI team recovered cash to the tune of Rs 8 lakh, mobile phones, laptops, web cameras and other electronic devices including pen drives, memory cards and several sex toys.
“Apart from the physical abuse of these children, the accused also allegedly recorded their acts using their mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. It was further alleged that these photographs and video films containing child sexual abuse material were published and transmitted by the accused using the facility of the internet,” said the CBI in a statement.
Scrutiny of e-mails found on the laptop indicated he was in touch with several others (both Indian and foreign nationals) to share contacting and sharing child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
During interrogation the accused told investigators he bribed the children with mobile phones and other electronic gadgets to ensure they stayed silent about his activities.
The junior engineer allegedly abused children across three districts of the state – Chitrakoot, Banda and Hamirpur.
SC says: Delhi Police will decide to enter farmers in Delhi.
The Supreme Court on Monday told the Centre that it is for the Delhi Police to decide whether to allow farmers to enter Delhi or not. The top court stressed that it is the Delhi Police who have the authority over the issue and not the Supreme Court.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said “we have not taken charge of the matter except one issue…apparently our intervention has been grossly misunderstood. We are not going to tell you about your powers.”
The observation from the top court came after the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said the Centre is seeking restraint orders against farmers from entering Delhi as court has taken charge of the matter.
The Chief Justice said it is not for the court to decide how many farmers should be allowed in the city and the nature of conditions to be imposed on them.
The top court insisted that Delhi Police are the only authority to decide it and not the court.
Advocate A.P. Singh counsel for Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lokshakti) submitted that farmers were willing to hold peaceful protest at Ram Lila Maidan.
The Chief Justice replied: “Who should be allowed and who not, and number of people will be dealt by the police. We cannot be first authority to deal with it.”
The Delhi Police have moved the top court seeking direction to restrain farmer unions from conducting tractor rally as a method to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations.
The AG insisted before the top court to issue directions to restrain farmers from disrupting the Republic Day parade, the Chief Justice replied “Does the Union of India want the Supreme Court to tell that you have powers under the Delhi Police Act.”
The top court will conduct further hearing on the matter on Wednesday.