CBI seized computer to implant files in CPU, alleges Manish Sisodia

  • Terming the raids as an act of malice, Manish Sisodia said the CBI raided his office on an official holiday and seized a computer to 'implant files in the CPU'

Edited By Chanchal
Published15 Jan 2023, 08:52 PM IST
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia(HT_PRINT)

Day after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raised Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s office, the minister issued a statement, accusing the investigation agency of maliciously framing him. Terming the raids as an act of malice, Manish Sisodia said the CBI raided his office on an official holiday and seized a computer to “implant files in the CPU”.

In his statement, Manish Sisodia said the CBI gave a handwritten notice to the Secretary to seize a computer from the conference room. He said, “CBI is trying to maliciously frame me, seized a computer without providing Hash Value."

"Yesterday was a Second Saturday, so my office was closed when some CBI Official telephonically informed my PS to come to the office and open the same. When my PS reached the office at around 3:00 pm, he saw that a team of CBI officials was already present at my office. The CBI Officials asked him to open the Office and to take them to the conference room,” the official statement read.

"As they reached the conference room, they saw a computer installed therein, asked my PS to switch it on, assessed the same, and, forthwith, handed over a Notice under Section 91 CrPc to the Secretary, Dy. CM (GNCTD) with reference to the investigation of RC0032022A0053."

The Secretary was asked to produce the CPU of the system that was installed in the conference room, the statement read, alleging that the computer was seized without the CBI providing the “hash value”- an electronic fingerprint.

It further said, "Thereafter, the CPU from the conference room of my office was seized without following the due procedure laid down. From the perusal of the said notice, it was perceived that the notice was hand-written to the Secretary, and immediately the property (CPU) was seized which shows the mala-fide of the Officer.”

"The said conduct/ act of the CBI Officials also shows their malice whereby the Notice was given and immediately the said property was seized that too without following the guidelines as laid down in Chapter XVI: Cyber Crimes, CBI (Crime) Manual 2020. As it is explicitly mentioned in the said CBI Manual in Chapter XVI, 16.19:"

Explaining the “hash-value”, the official statement reads, "Hash value is essentially an electronic fingerprint. The data within a file is represented through the cryptographic algorithm as a value known as hash-value. It is a string of data variables. Hash Value is the key to determining and validating the integrity of the data in question.”

“As the integrity of the seized electronic device/digital device is quintessential to establishing the case, it is important to ensure the hash value of the data record is taken by the Investigating Officer at the time of seizure. The use of Hashing to authenticate electronic records is detailed in section 3(2) of the IT Act, 2000."

"CBI Manual also mandates that at the time of the seizure of electronic document itself- an image of the same shall also be created and the said image shall also be hashed and tally with the hashing of the seized data to ensure data integrity. It is, therefore, a matter of record, as per the Seizure Memo provided to us by the CBI after the seizure that no 'HASH VALUE was taken and mentioned by the Officer in the seizure memo who had seized the CPU', nor CBI made an image of the seized document and hashed it," the statement said.

"It appears that there is a scope for implanting, deleting and editing the record in the seized CPU by the team of CBI for making a frivolous case against me. In the absence of recording "HASH VALUE" during the seizure, the CBI can change the record in the seized CPU as per its convenience to maliciously frame me."

Manish Sisodia said he has “clear apprehension that CBI has seized the CPU to destroy the confidential files/documents stored therein and will implant/edit files in the CPU and use the same to falsely implicate me as my name is not in the CBI chargesheet as an accused with respect to the afore-mention case."

(With agency inputs)

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First Published:15 Jan 2023, 08:52 PM IST
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