Delhi Police arrests four for seeking call detail records of Arun Jaitley
New Delhi, March 1, 2013
The Delhi Police have so far arrested and interrogated four persons allegedly involved in obtaining the call data records of Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the Rajya Sabha today.
In a statement in the Upper House of Parliament, Mr Shinde said a court had remanded them to judicial custody and further investigations were underway.
The issue had been raised in the House on February 27 and many members had referred to it as tapping of the telephone of Mr Jaitley.
Mr Shinde said that what had been detected in the investigation by the Delhi Police was not monitoring of the telephone conversations, which is ordinarily called "tapping", but the accessing of the call data records (CDR).
"The interception of the telephone or telephone tapping refers to looking at the content of the conversation whereas the call data records pertain to the data regarding the numbers which were called or received. In the case being investigated by the Delhi Police, there was an attempt at unauthorisedly trying to access the call data record i.e.details of numbers called and received and duration of the conversation. This was not a case of telephone tapping," he clarified.
He said the Delhi Police had come to know some person had sought the CDR of Mr Jaitley after the nodal officer of Airtel had asked the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) (Operations) to reconfirm the request made through e-mail.
"Since, no such request had been made, the confirmation was not given and as such, the call data records were not disclosed," he said.
Mr Shinde said a case first information report (FIR) No. 9 dated 14.2.2013 under sections 66 (C) of I.T. Act read with sections 420 and 120-B IPC was registered at Police Station Special Cell, New Delhi on the complaint received from Inspector Arun Kumar regarding dishonestly and fraudulently accessing official e-mail ID of ACP/Operations and for seeking details of ownership of five cell numbers.
During the course of investigation, the Internet Protocol (I.P.) addresses and log in details of the official e-mail ID of ACP/Operations were obtained and it was found that it was accessed from an Internet Protocol (I.P.) address belonging to one constable Arvind Kumar Dabas, posted at Parliament Street Police Station. It was further learnt that the constable had been unauthorisedly absenting himself for the past one year. The constable was earlier posted in Special Staff of New Delhi District and, therefore, had access to the official e-mail ID of ACP/Operations.
Mr Shinde said the interrogation of Dabas had revealed that he was illegally accessing the official e-mail ID of ACP/Operations for the past 6-8 months. "He did so for obtaining the call data records and subscriber details of various persons on demand from one Neeraj Nayar, a freelance detective at a price of Rs.1500 per call detail record and Rs.200 for providing subscriber details," he said.
The Minister said Dabas had said that Nayar was his friend, who had a private agency
called “Detective Agency India” at Shalimar Garden, Ghaziabad. He has provided call details of various people to him on 10-15 occasions in the past.
Nayar, a resident of Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, said he used to pass on the CDR to a person called Nitish Kumar, a resident of Uttam Nagar in Delhi, whom he had met during his business visits to the latter's office at Connaught Place in the capital, where Nitish works in a detective agency called “V Detect”, belonging to one Dr. Anurag Singh. Nayar was arrested in the case on February 16.
Based on the disclosures made by Dabas and Nayar, Nitish Singh and Anurag Singh have also been arrested and are being interrogated.
Mr Shinde said Anurag Singh's agency provides various detective services, such as, pre- and post-matrimonial enquiries, provision of secured laptops/ mobile phones and stock related consultancy works. In addition, Nitish does various marketing and sales works in the same office. They used to seek the subscriber details and call data records of mobile numbers through Nayar.