A court in Mumbai has sent Shweta Singh and Mayank Rawat, accused in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case, to police custody till January 14. The Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court issued an order in this regard on Monday.
Singh (18) and Rawat (21) were arrested from Uttarakhand on January 5 in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ case pertaining to a GitHub app where images of Muslim women were uploaded for ‘auction’.
While seeking their custody, the Mumbai police said their probe is at a crucial stage which is why they need more time to interrogate the accused.
The Mumbai court also sent another accused in the case, Vishal Kumar Jha, to judicial custody till January 24. Vishal Kumar Jha has tested positive for Covid-19.
Taken into custody from Bengaluru, Jha was the first to be arrested in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, the Delhi police have arrested one Niraj Bishnoi from Assam in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ case. Officials familiar with the probe said Bishnoi is the main creator of the app that was uploaded on GitHub in a bid to target Muslim women.
Bishnoí’s arrest and subsequent interrogation by the Delhi Police led to the arrest of one Aumkareshwar Thakur from Indore. Thakur has confessed that he was the one who created ‘Sulli Deals’, an app similar to ‘Bulli Bai’ where photos of Muslim women were put up for ‘auction’.
While Aumkareshwar Thakur holds a Bachelor of Computer Application degree, Niraj Bishnoi is a Bachelor in Engineering (BE) graduate, Vishal Kumar Jha is an engineering student and Mayank Rawat is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) student.