A Hyderabad-based software engineer who ran the illegal app ‘ThopTV’ has been arrested by the Maharashtra Cyber Cell. Satish Venkateshwarlu was arrested for distributing pirated content ripped off from OTT platforms and satellite channels. He has been remanded to seven days of police custody by a Mumbai court.
Sanjay Shintre, SP, Maharashtra Cyber told media, “Maharashtra Cyber cell has done a technical investigation into the FIR and accordingly we have arrested one culprit from Hyderabad. The culprit had used ThopTV as a platform and as an app. He primarily provided free content on Telegram.”
Mumbai: The Maharashtra cyber nodal cell on Tuesday arrested ThopTV app CEO, Satish Venkateshwarlu. from his Gurram Gada residence in Telangana for allegedly illegally streaming and transmitting content of TV channels and causing them huge losses.
Satish Venkateshwarlu is the official owner and CEO of THOPTV Mobile Application.
Is ThopTV banned in India?
Yes, Thoptv is now Completely banned in India. After Satish was arrested from Hyderabad India by Cyber Crime Police on 14, July, 2021.
Star India had filed a case against the android software aggregator before the ICC World Test Championship final. Star India had claimed that ThopTV is a rogue app providing illegal access to films, shows, and live sports on TV, as well as video-on-demand content, without authorization from the original owner.
Police said Viacom18 Media among other broadcast channels had also approached the Maharashtra cyber police with similar complaints.
Police said this app is easily available on Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. “Those who downloaded the app transferred money, even cryptocurrency, into Venkateshwarlu’s bank account,” said an officer.
A team of the Maharashtra cyber nodal cell, led by special inspector general Yashashvi Yadav, SP Sanjay Shintre, and inspector Archana Sutar, reached Telangana, arrested Venkateshwarlu, and booked him for cheating under the Indian Penal Code as well as under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Copyright act. He has been remanded in police custody till July 19.