Call records leak may lead to snooping ring.
THE CALL detail records ( CDRs) leak by private detective agencies in nexus with cops is indicating to bigger ' corporate rivalry' and ' snooping' syndicate as Crime Branch of Delhi Police has zeroed down a global firm which was their biggest client.
According to a senior police officer, the snooping syndicate involved many important people as a former Joint Director of Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) was one of the top officials of the detective agency that has allegedly obtained Call Record Details ( CDRs) for its clients Arrests Among the four arrested in the case is a detective who was earlier booked for allegedly obtaining BJP leader Arun Jaitley's call detail records in 2013.
M AIL T ODAY on Sunday broke the story that a nexus involving cops and freelance investigators have sold off thousands of telephone call detail records which has raised concerns about privacy and security. Crime Branch officials say, those affected by the leak may include eminent personalities like politicians, businessmen and the data could be used for snooping and extortion.
According to an estimate, over 4,000 CDRs were leaked by a Delhi- based company, which used to sell them for hefty amounts.
The arrested persons were identified as Pankaj Tiwari, Jaiveer Rathore, Aditya Sharma alias Arpit and Sanjeev Chaudhary.
" They were allegedly involved in procuring and selling CDR's of the targets, whom they were spying upon. They have procured CDRs with the help of Narendra Kumar, a constable of Uttar Pradesh Police. He was helping
them to access CDRs and has also been arrested by Delhi police team from Kanpur," said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police ( Crime Branch).
" We got the information that a detective agency in Janakpuri-- Scorpion Verification and Consultancy private limited is procuring CDRs for Rs 7000 to 10,000. A decoy customer approached the office detective agency and met owner Pankaj Tiwari and asked him to produce a sample CDR before settling a deal with him. Tiwari, after charging an initial part amount of Rs 5000 from the decoy, produced an already procured CDR and after verifying its authenticity, he was apprehended," Yadav explained.
During interrogation, Tiwari stated that he used to purchase these CDR's from Jaiveer Singh Rathore who owns a Media and Detective agency. On his instances, Jaiveer Singh was apprehended.
" Jaiveer Singh revealed that he got all the CDRs with the help of Narender Kumar, the Constable.
He used to collect orders of CDR's from various detective agencies for amounts ranging between Rs 5000 to 30,000 depending upon the quantity and period of CDR procured and after paying to Narender per CDR," Yadav added.
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