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JK Admin summons Facebook India head over ‘online cheating complaint’

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has summoned the Facebook India managing director and other officials to in connection with an alleged online cheating case and asked them to appear before the adjudicating officer on November 12, 2020.

Taking note of a complaint filed under the Information Technology Act 2000 by a Jammu resident Vivek Sagar through advocate of JK High Court Deepak Sharma, the secretary of the administration on Thursday issued the notice.

Orders for appearance in person against Ajit Mohan, MD of Facebook India, and other respondents have been issued by adjudicating officer Simrandeep Singh, who is the Secretary to JK administration’s Department of Information Technology.

“By acts of omissions and commissions on the part of respondents, the complainant has suffered not only financially but also mentally. The respondents, by making contraventions of the provisions of the IT Act, caused undue loss to the complainant by dishonestly inducing the complainant to transfer an amount of Rs. 20,700 into the bank account number of the respondent,” their complaint read.

The secretary of the Department of Information Technology is designated as the adjudicating officer by the administration to deal with complaints, under Section 46 of the Information Technology Act.

The notices for appearance have also been issued to Director of Bajaj Finance Ltd, Director of Quadrant Televentures Ltd and an SBI manager, a Mumbai based news organisation Republic world reported.

The complaint has been filed by Vivek Sagar alleging that Facebook and the other respondents have transgressed the provisions of the IT Act by cheating and defrauding the complainant as he was made to deposit Rs 20,700 for getting a loan at 4 per cent interest from Bajaj Finance Ltd, the report said.

“As such, in order to the inquiry and adjudicate into the allegations levelled by the complainant, you are hereby directed to appear in person before the undersigned office on 12th of November 2020 at 11 am in the forenoon”, the notice mentions, according to the report.


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