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Karnataka achieved its first conviction in a cyber crime case under Section 67 of the Information Technology (IT) Act on Friday, September 7. The verdict came in a case relating to a decade-old incident which involved a software engineer who had sent obscene emails and photographs of his victims from a cyber cafe.

Interestingly, the engineer accused in the case had quit his job and turned into a lawyer so that he could defend himself in the court. 

The convict Shivaprasad Sajjan was sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined for Rs 25,000 after he was found guilty by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court under Section 67 of the IT Act. 

Hemant Nimbalkar, Inspector General of Police, EOW & Cyber Crime, Criminal Investigation Departmenet took to Twitter to share the news with the citizens of the state. "Cyber Crime division, CID achieves Karnataka's first conviction in Cyber Crime u/s 67 of IT Act. 1st ACMM Court, Bengaluru sentenced the accused for two yrs imprisonment & fine of ₹25K for sending obscene photographs of victim to various people through email from cyber cafe," the officer tweeted. 

A CID official told The Hindu that after the CID had registered a case against the engineer, he resigned from his job and studied law and began practicing in Bangalore so that he could defend his own case. "He used all possible legal loopholes to drag the case. But, he could not prevent his conviction," the official was quoted as saying by The Hindu.