SC website hacking case: Verdict on bail plea on 25th
RAWALPINDI: The Lahore High Court (LHC) is likely to announce, on January 25, its decision on the bail plea of two teenagers arrested by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on charges of hacking and defacing the official website of the Supreme Court.
Justice Shahid Hameed Dar of LHC’s Rawalpindi bench after hearing both sides in the bail plea of Syed Salal Ali Shah and his cousin Syed Saim Ali Shah first directed the lawyers to wait for the order but later put off the matter till January 25.
The accused have refuted the allegations and urged the court to grant them bail as they were juvenile. During the hearing, Justice Dar observed that it was a pity that the younger generation was misusing the modern technology meant for useful and constructive purposes.
The cyber crime wing of the FIA registered the case against unknown hackers on October 13, 2010, on the complaint of the data processing manager of the apex court alleging its website had been defaced on September 29.
In the FIR, the investigators maintained after preliminary investigations that the SC website was actually hacked by an Indian as his IP (internet provider) address was traced to New Dehli, India.
Opposing the bail plea of the two students of higher secondary school, the FIA prosecutor alleged that they were provided access to the SC website by the Indian hacker after which they pasted indecent remarks and photos on the website.
However, the accused through their counsel maintained that the investigators had themselves said an Indian had hacked the website and further inquiry was needed to ascertain identification of the culprit and their custody was not needed anymore to FIA.
The accused said they were students and should not be kept behind bars for an indefinite period as it would affect their studies.