New Delhi: Everyday people around the world fall pray into cyber duping or cyber crime. And the latest entrant into the victim of cyber crime is the former Chief Justice of India (CJI) R M Lodha. He became the latest victim of cyber crime when crooks duped him of Rs 1 lakh by sending emails from the account of another retired Supreme Court judge seeking “emergency funds”.
Police are probing whether the email ID, that of retired SC judge B P Singh, was hacked or spoofed. The emails sent to Justice Lodha asserted that Justice Singh was in urgent need of money for his cousin’s treatment. South Delhi Police filed an FIR on Saturday evening and multiple teams have been formed to investigate the high profile case.
Sources said Justice Lodha filed a complaint with the Malviya Nagar police on May 31 after which an initial probe was conducted.
The con job was executed on April 19, investigations revealed. According to the complaint filed by CJI Lodha, he used to exchange emails with Judge BP Singh often.
On April 19, he received an email from Justice Singh, sent at 1.40am. Justice Lodha checked the email at 3.30am wherein his former colleague had reportedly sought “urgent help”. The email also categorically asked the CJI to revert through mail only as Justice Singh was “not available” on phone.
Justice Lodha told police that he immediately responded to the email and got a response at 3.51am where he was told that the Singh’s cousin was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the money was needed for his surgery.