STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 November
The special cell of Delhi Police last night arrested six persons, including three police personnel, for their alleged involvement in procuring call details records (CDRs) of top politicians, bureaucrats and corporates.
According to the Delhi Police spokesperson, Mr Rajan Bhagat, the accused policemen have been identified as assistant sub inspector Gopal, head constable Harish and constable Harish while the private detectives are Punit Verma, Alok Gupta and Mehraj Saifi. Saifi is a home guard personnel.
Delhi Police denied that this group was involved in the senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s CDR case. However, the accused have been arrested in connection with the same FIR registered in January by the Delhi Police in the Jaitley case. The total number of accused who have landed in the police net is now 10.
"This is the second module of detectives that indulged in procuring CDR of high profile persons. Earlier, three detectives Anurag, Neeraj Nayar and Nitish Singh and a Delhi Police constable, Arvind Dabas, were arrested for procuring CDR of Jaitley, in February this year. The Dabas group was involved in 30 phone call records out of 52 as the remaining 22 were traced by the same module that was arrested last night," said the police.
Police said details of around 52 phone calls were recovered from the hard disk of the mastermind, Anurag. However, all the four accused were granted bail in May by a city court on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and two sureties each of the like amount.
Police said the six accused names cropped up during the interrogation of the Dabas module. They were called for interrogation and then placed under arrest last night by the special cell.
The three police personnel had reportedly used official e-mail IDs of their seniors to illegally obtain call detail records of influential persons and handed them over to the private detectives in lieu of huge sums of money and other benefits.
As the investigating sleuths seemed reluctant to divulge more information, they said the accused were involved in procuring CDR as part of a large network of illegal snooping, targeting top politicians, bureaucrats and corporates.
According to sources, the accused clients in this racket are mostly business and political rivals. The police also suspect illegal tapping of phones by the rogue cops using high-end equipment imported from western countries. Police said as per the allegation, this group has accessed the call records of 22 influential personalities, including senior bureaucrats, business personalities and politicians.
Police had charged the accused under Sections 420 (cheating), 464 (making a false document), 467 (forgery of a valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.