Vikram S. Buddhi, 34, a graduate student from India, is charged with three counts of making threats against the president and successors to the president, four counts of making threats against former presidents and their families, two counts of making threats by interstate communications and one count of use of the Internet to threaten destruction by fire.
Vikram Buddhi, 34, was arrested last week by a US Secret Service Agent for allegedly making violent threats on a Yahoo message board.
Federal Court records say the threats urge readers to kill the president, vice president and their families, to bomb key sites in the US, and to rape and mutilate American and British women.
The investigation started in December when a concerned reader reported the message board to the government. The Secret Service worked with Purdue Police to track down the source. Court documents state Budhhi admitted making the threats and said he used several IP addresses to conceal his identity.
HAMMOND, Ind. — A Purdue University graduate student accused of making online threats to President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and others was released on $100,000 bond after his father vouched for him in federal court.
At an April hearing, U.S. District Magistrate Andrew Rodovich said Vikram Buddhi, 35, was a flight risk and refused to release him. But Buddhi’s father — B. K. Subbarao, a captain in the Navy in India and an attorney — said today that his son comes from an honorable family that would not harbor a fugitive.
The judge released ordered Buddhi to live with his father in a nearby hotel during his trial. Documents did not indicate when the trial would start. He was also told to stop using the Internet.