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Infosys employees send threating emails to the President

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on November 1, 2008

CoP asked to pardon e-mail sender
17 Oct 2008, 0541 hrs IST,TNN

CHENNAI: Grandparents of the software engineer who sent a threatening email to President Pratibha Patil on Thursday met city police commissioner R Sekar and asked for a reprieve for their grandson.

Techie Sriram Jaganathan, who sent the threatening email to the President on October 12, has a psychiatric problem and is under medication, his grandfather retired major Rangarajan, told Sekar. Sriram was arrested on Wednesday by the cyber crime cell. Rangarajan submitted a petition to Sekar, pleading with him to pardon his grandson, considering his medical condition.

“We cannot help him in this. The case will take its legal course,” a senior police official said. “We cannot completely rule out other intentions. Except for questions related to the reason for sending the
mail, Sriram gave us logical answers to other questions. Even if he is suffering from psychiatric problems, it is the job of the defence to prove it,” he said.

According to M Sudhakar, assistant commissioner of police, cyber crime cell, a case under sections 506/2 (criminal intimidation) , 507 (threat by means of communication) and 294(b) (use of filthy language) of the
IPC and section 67 (sending indecent content) of the Information Technology Act has been registered against Sriram. He was remanded to judicial custody and sent to Puzhal prison on Thursday. If convicted
under these sections, he can face upto seven years in prison.

“Sriram was working as a software programmer in Infosys Technologies at Mahindra city. He was sacked on Wednesday,” said Sudhakar. “When we questioned him, he said he was unhappy about government inaction
regarding public grievances. He said the mail was sent to the President because she was the head of the country,” Sudhakar said.

Police sources said Sriram was academically bright and had landed the job at Infosys Technologies during a campus recruitment drive. He studied engineering in Velammal Engineering College. His father is
no more and he has been living with his grandparents and mother in T Nagar.

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