SIT to seek access to Apple’s servers in Prajwal case

The source said that Apple stores a comprehensive range of data, including texts, videos and photos, in iCloud.
Hassan JDS MP Prajwal Revanna
Hassan JDS MP Prajwal RevannaExpress photo

BENGALURU: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case against suspended Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna has written to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), requesting that the CID to seek information from Apple to have strong evidence to the case.

Sources from the SIT told TNIE that they have requested the CID to obtain information from Apple and grant them access to Apple’s servers. “Besides the victim’s statement, accessing the company’s servers is the only way to strengthen this case,” the source said.

If Apple grants permission to access the details, it will be a breakthrough and will provide crucial information for the case, including the time, video duration, and location. However, nothing can be predicted at this point, as Apple has a strict customer privacy policy that may pose a roadblock to the investigation, the source added.

The senior official noted that they are investigating this aspect because Apple stores a comprehensive range of data, including videos and photos, in iCloud, until the iCloud storage gets full. If granted permission, they can access the data entirely linked to an Apple ID stored in iCloud.

The official explained that if the company grants permission, it would help in the investigation by allowing retrieval of videos and photos, which can then be compared with publicly shared content to verify the allegations against the MP.

The 33-year-old Hassan MP, who was arrested by female officials of the SIT in the early hours of Friday upon arriving at Kempegowda International Airport remains in police custody until June 6.

Initially, it was also learned that SIT officials were planning to take the JD(S) MP to Hassan for on-site investigation on Saturday. However, Prajwal, who recorded a video before his arrival acknowledging his cooperation with the probe, is not cooperating with the investigating agency. “During questioning, Prajwal refused to answer any questions and stated that he does not know any of the alleged victims,” the source said.

Prajwal also met with his advocate, Arun Kumar, on Saturday evening, and the two communicated for approximately an hour at the SIT office.

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