The Mumbai Cyber Crime Police arrested the owner of torrent website allzmovies.in for allegedly putting up the leaked censor copy of Bollywood film Udta Punjab, two days ahead of its release in theaters on his website and on torrent. The first torrent of the movie reportedly appeared on the site.
Earlier, the film’s producers had lodged a complaint with the cyber crime police in Mumbai after a copy of the film with ‘for censor’ written on the top left was leaked on various torrent websites, thereby raising questions about role of the censor board — Central Board of Film Certification — in the leak. The officer has revealed that the members of the Central Board of Film Certification are allegedly involved behind the copy leak since the leaked version had “FOR CENSOR' notice on it,”
However, CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani had rejected the allegations saying the board has nothing to do with the leak.
The arrested person has been identified as Dipak Kumar (25) who was nabbed by the police from Mumbai on Wednesday. Kumar who hails from Delhi was traced by the police team who recently went to the capital for a visit based on the information available to them during the probe.
After getting confirmed information regarding Kumar's connection in the leak, he was taken into custody.
The film's copy was leaked on the internet on June 15 and related film sites and went viral on a large scale, enabling users to download it illegally.
“Preliminary interrogation of Kumar revealed that two separate links of websites of Torrent were made by user robby007. On downloading the movie, it was revealed that the first censor copy of the movie was stolen and was uploaded on Torrent.
Deputy Commissioner of police, Cyber Crime, Sachin Patil said that the person has uploaded pirated movies on the internet in the past. We are still investigating the case and our inquiries with the censor board and production teams is in process,”.
The makers of Udta Punjab struggled to remove copies of the movie that were available for download on torrent sites, but managed to remove most of them and requested viewers to watch the film in theatres.