HYDERABAD: The city police arrested a gang of fraudsters for illegally streaming internet signals after tapping satellite TV signals.
The arrested have been identified as Kashif Ali Khan (27), an engineer with a private firm; Jagadishwara Chari, channel monitor; N Sai Kumar, tele caller and JB Meghanadhan, a web designer -- all residents of Hyderabad.
The gang is known to have been functioning from different cities for the last five to seven years and have sold over over 2 lakh set-top boxes across the world. Each box costs around $300
A case had been registered with the cyber crime police of the Central Crime Station (CCS) after a popular TV network lodged a complaint.
Briefing the media on Sunday, police commissioner Mahender Reddy said ‘Jadoo TV’ is a US-based company run by Faisal Aftab and Sajid Sohail -- both not Indian citizens and added that the CEO of Pearl Technology is based in Hyderabad and was streaming 115 channels on ‘Jadoo TV’.
“We have initiated efforts to arrest the CEO of Pearl Technology Sumit Ahuja, who is the main accused in the case and is currently abroad. If necessary we will procure a red corner notice,” Mahender Reddy said and added that Ahuja’s two bank accounts were frozen.
According to the police, the offenders converted satellite TV channels into internet signals and live streamed them on ‘Jadoo TV’. Their customers were able to view 115 Indian channels just by purchasing a set-top box of the channel.
The set-top boxes are currently being used by customers in USA, Australia, Singapore and 15 other countries. The equipment required to convert satellite signals into internet signals were imported from China, police said.