L. Prakash, an orthopaedic doctor involved in a cyber-porn case, has
been convicted for several offences, including those under the Information
Technology Act and the Arms Act, by a Fast Track Court here.
Court-V Judge R. Radha, who found Dr. Prakash and three of his associates
guilty of the offences, however, said the details of the sentences would
be pronounced on Thursday.
- Held guilty under IT Act
- Sentences to be pronounced
was found guilty of conspiracy and kidnap, besides other offences under
the provisions of the Information Technology Act, Immoral Trafficking
Act, Indecent Representation of Women Act and the Arms Act. He was,
however, acquitted of rape charge. The Judge has altered the attempt-to-murder
charge against the doctor to criminal intimidation and convicted him
for the offence. According to the prosecution, the doctor, who was running
a clinic at Anna Nagar here, used a farm house at Kalanchikuppam near
Ennore and a guesthouse at Valasaravakkam to detain girls and sexually
exploit them with the help of the other accused. The accused took pictures
of the girls and uploaded them on the Internet, the charge sheet said.
He was also charged with threatening a girl with a revolver when she
Life term for
first accused in cyber-porn case; Seven-year RI for three others
CHENNAI: A Fast
Track Court (FTC) on Thursday sentenced medical practitioner L. Prakash, the
first accused in a cyber-porn case, to life imprisonment and fine of Rs.1.27
accused were sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of
In the 200-page
judgment, Judge of FTC-V R. Radha said the offences committed by the first
accused were not only against individuals but also against society. Considering
their gravity, “…this court finds that the accused deserves the maximum sentence
imposed in the provisions of law.”
sentenced Prakash to seven years RI and a fine of Rs.5,000 under section 506
(ii) IPC; 10 year RI and Rs.5,000 fine under section 367 IPC; five years RI and
Rs.1 lakh fine under section 67 of the Information Technology Act; seven years
RI and Rs.5,000 fine under section 5 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention)
Act; life imprisonment and Rs.5,000 fine under section 6 of the Immoral Traffic
(Prevention) Act; two years RI and Rs.2,000 fine under section 4 read with 6 of
the Indecent Representation of Women (prohibition) Act; and seven years RI and
Rs.5,000 fine under section 27 of the Arms Act.
would run concurrently.
The other three
accused, Saravanan, Vijayan alias Vijayakumar and Asir, were sentenced to terms
of imprisonment ranging from two years to seven years for offences under the IPC,
Information Technology Act, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and the Indecent
Representation of Women (prohibition) Act.
case was that the doctor, who was running a clinic at Annanagar here, used a
farmhouse at Kalanchikuppam near Ennore and a guesthouse at Valasaravakkam to
detain girls and sexually exploit them with the help of the other accused. The
accused took pictures and uploaded them on the Internet.
The Judge said
morality of the community was as essential as good government to a welfare
society. The progress of a nation was linked to the standard of morality in a
disintegration where no common morality was observed and history showed that the
loosening of moral bonds was often the first stage of disintegration. It was
also a function of law to preserve public morals and decency.