NEW DELHI/ AMRAVATI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked 16 individuals for posting alleged defamatory material against Supreme Court and Andhra Pradesh high court judges on social media, taking over investigations from the state CID, officials said on Monday. CBI, on the orders of the Andhra Pradesh high court, has taken over the investigation in 12 cases registered by the state CID on the complaint of B Rajasekhar, the registrar general of the court, the officials said.
On October 12, the high court directed the central agency to probe the case and submit a report to it in a sealed cover within eight weeks. The next hearing of the case is on December 14. The CBI office in Visakhapatnam registered the case under various sections, including 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 67 of the Information Technology Act.