Former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha became victim of online fraud. He was cheated of Rs 1 lakh in an online scam after the email account of his friend, a retired judge, was hacked.
According to police, the incident came to light on Saturday when Chief Justice (retd) Lodha, a resident of south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park, visited the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police EOW and Cyber Cell in Malviya Nagar police station to file a complaint.
In his complaint, he said that he used to regularly correspond through email with his friend and colleague, Justice (retd) B.P. Singh. “I, on April 19, received a mail from the email ID of B.P. Singh that he required immediate help of Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of his cousin brother as he (Singh) is unavailable over phone. I immediately deposited ₹1 lakh online in two transactions at the given account number,” he said.
Police sources said that when Justice Singh regained control of his email on May 30, he sent a mail regarding the hacking of his account on April 18-19 to his contact list. When Lodha read the email sent by BP Singh regarding his hacked email, he immediately disclosed that he was cheated and duped of Rs 1 lakh by the unknown hacker.