Jaitley's cellphone call details compromised, confirm police

FP

Call detail records of at least five mobile phones of BJP leader Arun Jaitley, including three said to be registered in his name, were sought from service providers in the last four months, sources in the Delhi Police have told The Indian Express. The details were obtained after sending the first CDR request from the email account of ACP Operations (South) in November last year.

The sources said it was not clear yet if CDRs of all five mobile phones were obtained. But the FIR filed by police against unknown persons for illegally obtaining Jaitley's CDRs mentions five numbers. It also mentions the mobile phone numbers of two VVIPs — they have not been named in the FIR — whose CDRs too were sought, the sources said.

So far, four persons — a police constable and three private detectives — have been taken into custody with police maintaining that all four had been working together to get the CDRs. One officer said CDRs were passed on for sums ranging between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh. The police's Special Cell, which is probing the case, believes it has stumbled upon a major conspiracy with a wide cast of characters, targeting politicians, bureaucrats and corporate bosses.

Constable Arvind Dabas was the first to be arrested. His questioning led police to private detectives Neeraj, Anurag Singh and Nitish. Anurag had been arrested earlier for his alleged role in the Amar Singh phone tapping case. While Dabas is in judicial custody, the other three are being questioned by police.

Police sources said their probe revealed that the accused had used the email account of not one but five ACPs, including the head of the special investigation team of the Crime Branch, to send requests for CDRs to service providers.

The first request for Jaitley's CDRs was sent on November 20 from the email account of ACP Operations (South). A second request was made on December 3 from the email account of ACP, Vasant Vihar. The last request was made on January 8 from the account of ACP Operations (New Delhi). The other email accounts that the men broke into were those of ACP (Crime Branch SIT) and ACP (New Delhi).

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