International calls worth Rs. 9 lakh have been made over a period of five days from a basement in Chittaranjan Park in South Delhi. Most of these calls were made to Solomon Islands.
Curious MTNL officials are worried since there is no trace of the man they had allotted the phone connections to.
The police fear the calls could have security implications, considering Independence Day is less than a week away.
“We have received a complaint from MTNL and are trying to trace a man called Ved Prakash Tripathi but the person has not been found," Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kalkaji, Rakesh Paweriya told HT.
“We have discovered the same man had made submitted similar applications on another exchange as well. We are also trying to get the documents submitted by Ved Prakash when subscribing for the telephones.”
According to sources in the MTNL, who did not wish to be identified, a man by the name of Ved Prakash Tripathi is reported to have booked six MTNL telephones on July 4.
During a routine check, the MTNL staff noticed a lot of international calls were being made from the numbers of Ved Prakash. When they checked, they found no one by that name at the Chittaranjan Park address.
“We are going to register a case. It is a serious matter,” Paweriya said.
Sources said most calls were made to Honiara, the little known capital of Solomon Islands, (ISD code 00677) located to the northeast of Australia in South Pacific.
One of the numbers to which the call was made is 0067768560, sources said.
While seeking the connections, the man had identified himself as Ved Prakash Tripathi, son of Shri Kripa Shankar Tripathi, Shop No 9, Kalu Ram Complex, Ward No 4, Mehrauli 156-A, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi, with mobile number 9990861536, sources revealed.
It turned out that the lease agreement, PAN card which Ved Prakash gave as part of the documents to prove his identity to MTNL were false, MTNL sources said.
On August 3, 2008 , MTNL in a confidential letter informed Paweriya about the incident, urging him to trace the man.