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Thop TV owner has been arrested, Illegally streaming content from popular OTT platforms

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A Hyderabad-based IT engineer has been arrested by the Maharashtra Cyber ​​Police for illegally streaming content from popular OTT platforms and satellite channels, including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, on its app. This engineer named Satish Venkateshwarlu has developed an app called Thop TV, which used to stream content from many famous OTT platforms through this app. Such work is considered as illegal and there is a severe punishment for doing so. Satish Venkateswaralu, who was arrested from Telangana capital Hyderabad on Monday, has been sent to seven-day police custody by a Mumbai court. Firstly Viacom 18 Media and some other broadcasters had complained to the Maharashtra Cyber ​​Cell that Thop TV app was streaming their content on their platform without their permission. The complainant said that due to this illegal act of this app, he had to suffer huge loss in revenue.

After this act, Maharashtra Cyber ​​Cell has came into the action and arrested 28-year-old engineer Satish Venkateshwarlu from Hyderabad, who developed and running this app. The engineer has been recorded under sections 43, 66 and 66B of the IT Act, 2000 as well as sections 63 of the Copyright Act and sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Thop TV app is almost 2 years old. It was not available on Google Play, but had to be download through an APK available online. This was a completely illegal app, as it used to show content from Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Voot and many other OTT platforms on its platform without the permission of the broadcasters.

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I-T sleuths ‘search’ Sonu Sood’s home for second day

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 For the second consecutive day, the Income Tax Department continued its ‘survey’ operations at the home of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, official sources said here on Thursday.

A team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood’s Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities.

The IT department is examining bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the ‘survey’, for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.

In Wednesday’s operations, the IT had searched around half-a-dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.

Sood shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organising liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).

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IT department ‘surveys’ actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai premises

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 The Income Tax Department is ‘surveying’ the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said.

Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known.

Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown.

He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding.

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Tahira Kashyap reveals how Ayushmann Khurrana won her heart

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On Ayushmann Khurrana’s 37th birthday on Tuesday, his filmmaker-wife Tahira Kashyap revealed how the actor won her heart, when they both were just 19 years old.

Tahira on Tuesday shared a throwback picture on Instagram and penned a heart-warming note talking about how the actor wooed her.

“We were 19! I found you quite cool, with your frames, bike, matching sweaters and mufflers, but what got my heart was when you held the guitar and sang a song for me,” Tahira wrote.

She added: “You have always been passionate about art and what inspires me is after all these years your innocence and excitement towards work and life remains the same. You have been my biggest confidante and cheerleader.

“I might not be a big romantic as the goofiness (like you would say) gets the better of me, but I want to tell you that life is amazing with you and I continue learning a lot from you! Happy birthday umm P.S. – we were such lookers no.”

Ayushmann and Tahira were childhood sweethearts. The two got married in 2008. The couple welcomed their son Virajveer in 2012 and daughter Varushka in 2014.

Ayushmann’s upcoming roster includes ‘Anek’, ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ and ‘Doctor G’.

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