AKS Software employee arrested

DQW Bureau
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In a case of software theft, CBI has registered a case against Niraj

Dubey, an employee of AKS Software and schemed to arrest him from the

Delhi airport, while he was trying to flee.

He was arrested on the charges of stealing source programs for

software, which was created for mission-critical business application

known as Agriculture Management System (AMS). This software has been

developed by Delhi-based AKS Software and marketed internationally by

Amity Software. It is a lead product of AKS Software and is being used

in more than 100 sugar companies across the world.


Speaking to The DQ Week, Anil Kumar, MD, AKS Software opined that,

in the software industry the source code of the software is always the

property of the employer and it holds the Intellectual Property Right

(IPR) on it. The software companies sell only a 'license' to use

software products. He further said, "In order to support AMS

installation at Kakira Sugar in Uganda, we were supposed to depute our

executive at the customer site and Dubey has been involved with

implementation of this project." According to Kumar, it was discovered

later, that Dubey, who had complete access to the servers had conspired

to steal the source code of AMS as well as other software from AKS

office. "Dubey was working with another company in March 2010.

Initially, we lodged an FIR with the Sarojini Nagar police station on

April 7, but unfortunately the police was not doing much in this case,

so we registered a complaint with CBI on April 10. We came to know that

he was in Gorakhpur and later on tracking his mobile we discovered that

he was in Ghaziabad," Kumar quoted. The CBI further contacted

immigration office and came to know that Dubey intended to take a Kenya

Airways flight to Nairobi on April 11 at 9:45 pm.

The agency deployed its sleuths in civil clothes at all the airport

terminals. Dubey arrived at the airport with his brother and seven

henchmen. There was a brief scuffle between the CBI team and Dubey's

goons. Finally CBI nabbed them with the help of airport security staff.

A laptop, CD and pendrive that carried source code of the software were

recovered from his possession. He was taken into CBI custody and after

being produced in the court he was sent to Tihar jail for judicial

custody. After spending a month in jail, Dubey finally managed to get a

bail. The case is still under investigation by the Cyber Crime division

of the CBI and the laptop and CD have been sent to forensic lab. The DQ

Week tried to contact CBI's Investigation Officer, Balasubramaniam but

however, it was learnt that he had gone for a month-long leave.