Sudha Murty, the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, has filed a formal complaint with Bangalore police alleging that her name was allegedly misused to cheat people in two separate incidents.
Bengaluru police arrested two women late Monday in connection with the case, a police spokesman said. Two of the women identified as Lavanya and Shruthi have been identified. It is yet to be ascertained whether these women are in India or the US, a source close to the case tells the Indian Express.
According to the complaint by Sudha Murty, the author and philanthropist was invited to attend the 50th anniversary of Kannada Koota of Northern California. On April 26, she responded to the invite and said she won't be able to attend the event. months later, Murty came across photos and videos that suggested she would be attending the event as a chief guest.
Following this, she addressed the organizers, who said that a woman named Lavanya, who introduced herself as Murty's personal assistant, confirmed her presence for the event. In August, Lavanya, who claimed to be a staff member of the Murty trust, told the organizers that Murty confirmed her participation in the event via video conferencing.
The second woman arrested after Sudha Murty's complaint to the Bengaluru police station allegedly collected $40 from people telling them that Murty would attend a programme in the USA. Sudha Murty's office had seen an advertisement mentioning a'meet-and-greet' with Dr. Sudha Murty earlier this month. This advertisement also said Murty will be attending the programme as the chief guest and tickets were sold under this claim.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the two women under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code -419 and 420 and the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act -66 and 66.
The Information Technology Act aims to deal with the electronic signature, password or any other unique identification feature used by a person, whereas section 66 deals with cheating by personation using a computer resource or communication device.
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