The accused had hacked the CM’s Twitter handle days before its launch in July 2014, and had posted some controversial statements.

Techie creates fake Twitter handle of Ktaka CM to mock the system gets arrested
news Twitter Handle Saturday, July 01, 2017 - 08:19

A software engineer of an IT firm was arrested in Bengaluru for allegedly creating a fake Twitter handle of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, said police on Friday.

The accused, Madhusudan, 30, has been arrested for creating a fake twitter account of Siddaramaiah and tweeting content on behalf of the Chief Minister's office, said the Cyber Crime Police in a statement in Bengaluru.

A complaint was registered at the Cyber Crime Police Station in the city against the accused on a complaint by the Chief Minister's media advisor that a fake Twitter account was created in the name of Siddaramaiah and tweets were posted on his behalf.

The accused hails from Mandya, about 100 km from Bengaluru and is employed with a private firm on Sarjapur Road. 

"Madhusudan admitted to creating the Twitter account in the Chief Minister's name and tweeting on his behalf. He also removed some posts from the handle to cover up the tracks," added the statement.

As per a report in the Times of India, the accused had hacked the CM’s Twitter handle days before its launch in July 2014, and had posted some controversial statements. 

"I had no evil intentions. I wanted to mock the system by hacking the CM's account and post ridiculous messages," police quoted him as saying. 

Among the fake news that he posted, one report said that the government was going to develop 135 slums in Bengaluru for Rs 2,000 crore. 

M Chandrasekhar, inspector general of police, CID (economics wing), told TOI, ”The team led by DySP MD Sharath doggedly pursued the case for almost three years and zeroed in on Madhusudhan on Friday. He did everything he could to put police off his trail. However, our cybercrime team outsmarted him.”

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