Observing that citizens have been rendered vulnerable by “insouciant indifference of the Google authorities”, a Delhi judge has ordered police to investigate Google authorities for criminal conspiracy in a cyber-fraud case, after the police argued that Google was a “partner in crime” for allegedly receiving Rs 30 lakh from cybercriminals to feature their fake website on its top searches.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana ordered DCP Cyber Cell to investigate the role of Google authorities for conspiracy and abetment. The judge gave the order while rejecting bail applications of two men accused of being part of a cyber fraud racket that made fake websites to target people who were trying to register cyber fraud complaints.
ASJ Rana said, “Google search has become an indispensable part of one’s daily life” and added: “If you are not paying for the product, you are the product. The citizens have been rendered vulnerable and exposed by insouciant indifference of the Google authorities.”
The judge said that he was conscious of his limited role during hearing of bail applications, but was “equally conscious of the onerous duty of monitoring the investigations and the sacrosanct duty of all public institutions owed to its masters, the common citizens of the country.”
The case is being investigated by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, which registered an FIR on October 21 under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420…