Bengaluru city police have booked two women following a complaint by Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty’s assistant alleging that her name was misused to deceive people in two separate instances.
A complaint in this regard was filed on Friday by Murty’s executive assistant Mamata Sanjay. The Jayanagar police subsequently booked two women identified as Lavanya and Shruthi.
According to the complaint, Sudha Murty was invited to attend the 50th anniversary of the Kannada Koota of Northern California (KKNC). Her office received an email invitation in this regard on April 5 this year. However, on April 26, Murty’s office responded that she would not be able to attend the programme.
To her surprise, Sudha Murty on August 30 came across photos and videos which stated that she would be the chief guest at the event. She then approached KKNC organisers who said that one Lavanya, who claimed to be Murty’s personal assistant, had confirmed her presence for the programme.
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According to a police officer, Lavanya – who claimed to be a staff of the Murty Trust – had told the organisers in the first week of August that Murty confirmed her participation in the programme via video conference.
In the second incident, a woman named Shruthi reportedly collected US$ 40 from people claiming that Sudha Murty would be attending a programme in the USA. Murty’s office came across an advertisement which mentioned a ‘meet-and-greet with Dr Sudha Murty’ on September 26. The advertisement said she would be the chief guest at the programme and tickets were sold under this claim.
Jayanagar police have registered a case under sections 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66(c) and 66(d) of the Information Technology Act. “We are yet to ascertain whether these women are in the USA or India. Investigation is underway,” a police officer said.