‘Sulli Deals’: ‘Masterminds’ behind derogatory apps granted bail

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The alleged masterminds behind the derogatory “Sulli Deals” and “Bulli Bai” apps were granted bail by a local court in the national capital on Monday, quoting an official news agency IANS reported.

Deputy Commissioner of Police K.P.S. Malhotra told IANS that the main grounds for granting the bail to the accused persons — Sulli Deal app creator Aumkareshwar Thakur and Niraj Bishnoi for Bulli Bai app — was that the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) results and replies from Intermediaries were still awaited.
“The trial court had relied upon the evidence against the accused persons and no shortcoming in the investigation was pointed out,” Malhotra said.

He said that the court has granted bail on humanitarian grounds and considered that the alleged persons were first-time offenders and continued incarceration would be detrimental to the alleged overall wellbeing.

Thakur, 25, a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, was apprehended by the Delhi Police on January 8.

The derogatory app had surfaced in July 2021, where photos of Muslim women were maliciously displayed for “auction”.

Meanwhile, “Bulli Bai” came to light in January 2022 after a Delhi-based woman journalist lodged a police complaint stating that she was being targeted by some unidentified group of people on a mobile application. The app was hosted on Github.

“Bulli Bai” too had a number of pictures of women, including journalists, social workers, students and famous personalities, accompanied by derogatory content.

The app listed hundreds of Muslim women for “auction”.

Its creator, Niraj Bishnoi, was arrested by the Delhi Police on January 6.

During his interrogation, it emerged that he used to interact with various virtual identities on social media and used to engage in group discussions.

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