IN: Pune firm wins Rs 60 lakh in data theft case

Abhijit Sathe reports:

The state IT authority has ordered a Japanese engineering company’s Indian arm to pay a Pune firm Rs 40 lakh [US $6748.15] for stealing the latter’s confidential data, including e-mails, in bid to snatch its customers.

Endo Kogyo India Private Limited carried out the alleged theft of business secrets with the help of a former employee of the Pune firm, Arhan Technologies. The employee, Ashish Kalmegh, has also been asked to pay damages of Rs 20 lakh to Arhan.

Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary of the state information technology department, a quasi-judicial authority, gave the ruling in the case on Wednesday.

Ruling under IT act a first for state

This is the first time in Maharashtra that a commercial entity has been awarded compensation under the IT Act, which is generally used by the police to investigate cases where objectionable content has been shared online or through mobile networks.

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