A Rajasthan police sub-inspector, a hacker who worked for Jaipur police and two private detectives were arrested for illegally accessing cell phone call detail records (CDR). Police said sub-inspector Mukesh Kumar Meena,38, posted with the Jaipur police cyber wing, used his department’s email address to get the CDRs.
Meena’s friend in the department, Jaipur resident Gajraj Singh, 23, a third-year BCA student and a hacker, was arrested along with private detectives Aniket Dhamle and Abhinav Kumar.
Singh worked part-time with Jaipur police and helped them solve white collar crimes. Dhamle and Kumar ran two different agencies in Mumbai and Pune.
Joint commissioner of police (crime) RS Yadav said a Delhi resident had filed a complaint about some men who illegally got his son’s CDRs of the past six months.
Yadav said the complainant had received a text message, with the sender claiming to get any CDRs for a fee. Surprised if anyone could do that, the man called back on the number and fixed a deal for his son’s call records.
Once he managed to get the records from Pune-based Dhamle for R 8,000, the man (identity being withheld) then filed a complaint with the crime branch.
“We arrested Dhamle from Pune on July 15. His interrogation led to the arrest of his associate Abhinav Kumar, 35, in Mumbai and then Gajraj Singh from Jaipur. Singh told us that the CDRs were provided to them by sub-inspector Meena, after which Meena was also arrested,” said Yadav.
The four reportedly confessed to have accessed at least 2,000 CDRs in the past six months. Police sources said the four were making so much money that Kumar had recently opened a restro-bar in Maharashtra.
Singh had recently bought a motorcycle.
Police said Dhamle and Abhinav promised their clients to conduct background checks, fraud investigation and surveillance. They depended mostly on the call detail records to note a pattern.
Abhinav said he is a hacker and met Gajraj during a hackers’ conference. On his Facebook post, he claims to be a security expert. Gajraj has posted articles about him published in regional newspapers on his Facebook wall.
Abhinav and Dhamle used to pass on phone numbers given by their clients to Singh who then sought the call records from Meena. Singh met Meena while helping the Jaipur police help cyber crime cases.
Due for a promotion this month as an Inspector, Meena was undergoing training when he was arrested. Meena charged R1,500-R2,000 for providing details of one cell number. Abhinav sold it for R3,000- R5,000 while Dhamle and Abhinav charged their clients around R10,000-R100,000. They used to charge extra for background checks on prospective brides or grooms.