Bid to get Jaitley call records a ‘higher level conspiracy’: Police

Arun Jaitley

Three days after a Delhi police constable was arrested for allegedly attempting to access mobile phone call detail records of BJP leader Arun Jaitley, a private detective was arrested in connection with the case. Police also said they were on the lookout for two others.

The private detective, identified as Neeraj of Ghaziabad, had met constable Arvind Dabas two years ago, police said.

The special cell, which produced Dabas at the Tis Hazari court on Monday, sought extension of his custody for five days, saying their probe suggested a "higher level conspiracy" that could pose a threat to national security.

The investigating officer claimed they needed to find out why Dabas was trying to access call detail records of important politicians.

"We are requesting for extension of police custody of the accused to establish the motive behind accessing the CDR and how the accessed information was used. The accused has not been cooperating with police and further detailed interrogation in the case is required," the investigating officer said.

Police said they need to ascertain if Dabas hacked into official email accounts of other politicians and the NIC website to get passwords, and about his attempts to access call detail records.

Naushad Ahmed Khan, lawyer for Dabas, argued that his client was being implicated and the police were intentionally making it a high profile case. He said he had still not been provided a copy of the FIR because of which he had been unable to apply for bail.

The court granted police custody of Dabas for two more days. The next hearing is on February 20.

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