Google saves a college student from murder charge
Kanpur, UP : A college student from Kanpur arrested for murder of a 11-year-old boy managed to prove his innocence with help of his surfing records provided by internet giant Google.
11-year-old Rehan had gone missing from Juhi Lal colony on 20 August and found dead a few hours later with slit to his throat.
Jai Pratap Singh, alias Mohit, son of a warrant officer in Indian Air Force, was arrested on 30 August ad produced before additional district and sessions judge Rajath Singh Jain, accused of murder.
The judge already observed that material evidence presented by prosecution did not support police claims.
Besides, Internet giant Google came to aid providing records to show that Jai, who was working online on an animation design at the time of murder, was away from crime scene and provided the his exact location and websites he surfed.
The court examined the browsing history between the 4 – 11 pm during which the crime took place.
Combining it with non-existence of material evidence the judge accepted defence argument that Jai was falsely implicated in the case by sub-inpsector, Hari Shankar Misra, who had earlier registered a false case against his father, Bhagwan Singh allegedly for lumpsum to close the case.
Bhagwan had already lodged a complaint with the district magistrate and vigilance, against the inspector for probe.
Pronouncing acquittal, the judge also instructed state DGP to take action against Misra.
The Google data was collected by Jai’s parents on submitting request citing purpose.