Deepak Ratanlal Walecha v. State of Maharashtra

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Deepak Ratanlal Walecha v. State of Maharashtra

Deepak Ratanlal Walecha v. State of Maharashtra
In the High Court of Bombay
Anticipatory B.A. 367/2016
Before Justice Revati Mohit Dere
Decided on March 16, 2016

Relevancy of the case: Anticipatory bail application for a case involving access to confidential data in the name of Microsoft

Statutes and Provisions Involved

  • The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Section 66, 66C, 66D)
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Section 416, 417, 418, 419, 420)

Relevant Facts of the Case

  • The applicant worked with a BPO, founded by the main accused in the case. This BPO used the name of Microsoft and thereby cheated American citizens into sharing their confidential data.
  • They provided access to their confidential data on believing that their computer was affected by a virus. This was done using a software called TeamViewer. Hence, they received US dollars by cheating the American citizens.

Prominent Arguments by the Advocates

  • The applicant’s counsel argued that the applicant was a mere employee who didn’t know that the BPO wasn’t rightly authorised to use the software. Also, he had already resigned in August 2015.

Final Decision:

  • Application allowed subject to certain conditions.

This case summary has been prepared by Nandini Gadgil, an undergraduate student at DES Shri Navalmal Firodia Law College, Pune, during her internship with The Cyber Blog India in January/February 2021.