FBI retrieved data from Sippy’s iPhone for CBI

FBI retrieved data from Sippy’s iPhone for CBI: The Tribune India


Tribune News Service

Amit Sharma

Chandigarh, June 17

It was the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that assisted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by retrieving data from the killed national gunman and advocate Sukhmanpreet Singh Sidhu, aka Sippy Sidhu’s iPhone 5. The FBI provided 56.1 GB of data to the CBI, which included WhatsApp messages, emails and texts exchanged between Sippy and accused Kalyani Singh, among other major incriminating data.

Retrieved data was first sent to MHA

  • On November 11, 2018, the FBI’s Digital Forensics and Analysis Division, through the US Department of Justice, sent the retrieved data to the MHA, which was forwarded on to the CBI on November 27, 2018.
  • The data received was further forwarded by the CBI to the CFSL, Chandigarh to obtain a copy of the same for examination, which was provided to the CBI on January 10, 2019.

The CBI investigation revealed that the UT police had recovered an iPhone 5 belonging to the victim at the murder site on September 20. The cellphone remained in the possession of the then SHO of the Sector 26 Police Station, Inspector Poonam Dilawari, who also attended to the incoming calls. on the mobile phone on site.

The cell phone was disabled due to wrong attempts to open the phone, which was password protected.

Police later sent the mobile phone to the Forensic Science (DFS) Directorate, Gandhinagar, to retrieve the phone’s data. However, the phone could not be opened.

Thereafter, during the investigation, the CBI made a request to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Government of India, to grant the Letters Rogatory (formal request from a court to a foreign court for some form of legal assistance). to get the cell phone to the US Department of Justice.

The Letters Rogatory was issued on December 12, 2017 by the Court of the Special Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh. Thereafter, the CBI request was forwarded to the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington DC.

On November 11, 2018, the FBI’s Digital Forensics and Analysis Division, through the US Department of Justice, sent the retrieved data to the MHA, which was forwarded on to the CBI on November 27, 2018.

The data received was further sent to the CFSL, Chandigarh, to obtain a copy of it for examination, which was provided to the CBI on January 10, 2019.

The data, in the form of call logs, chats, including Facebook and WhatsApp messages, emails, device notifications, MMS, SMS, audio, videos, images and documents, was retrieved. Offensive photos leading to a sour relationship between Sippy and Kalyani were also recovered.

The CBI investigation also revealed that another iPhone 4S and a laptop belonging to Sippy were taken from his home by the police. The data from both devices was retrieved by the DFS, Gandhinagar and the CFSL Chandigarh.

The CBI examined the data retrieved from both devices, which confirmed certain data retrieved from Sippy’s iPhone 5.

Offensive photos fixed

The data, in the form of call logs, chats, including Facebook and WhatsApp messages, emails, device notifications, MMS, SMS, audio, videos, images and documents, was sent by the FBI. Offensive photos leading to a sour relationship between Sippy and Kalyani were also picked up.

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