The owner and an IT official of Vast India Pvt Ltd (VIPL), a company in Mumbai were arrested by Mumbai police for alleged violation of ITA 2008. The dispute arose with the data of 3.22 lakh candidates appearing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination got deleted from the MPSC server causing a postponement of the examinations.
The report states that the arrested persons were trying to flee from Solapur. The alleged motive is that the two persons wanted to discredit MPSC and hence indulged in the crime.
At this point it is not clear if VIPL was maintaining the data and were negligent in maintaining the security of the system which caused the data loss or there is any evidence as to the malicious intention of the accused.
According to the report, it was the MPSC’s internal probe which “revealed” that there was no virus. This needs to be established by an independent forensic evaluation since it is difficult to trust the capability of MPSC to come to a proper conclusion in this regard.
It is stated that the Police have seized certain hard disks and are investigating the cause for the data loss.