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Lobbyist under police scanner

delhi Updated: Dec 31, 2010 00:04 IST
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Corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar is under scanner of the Delhi Police special cell in connection with its probe against suspended union home ministry official Ravi Inder Singh, who was arrested on charges of leaking sensitive information through businessman Vineet Kumar.

When the bail applications of Singh and Kumar came up for hearing before a local court, the judge was informed about Talwar’s conversations with Kumar.

After hearing the matter the court denied bail both to Singh and Kumar. Sources said Talwar was allegedly in touch with Kumar and who in turn used to speak to Singh in code language.

According to sources Deepak Talwar has stake in firm called MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Private Limited which has been awarded a contract by the department of telecommunications (DoT) for providing mobile number portability in southern and eastern states of the country.

MNP Interconnection is a joint venture between a US firm Telecordia and Deepak Talwar Consultants, which is owned by Talwar.

Thus far only voice samples of Singh and Kumar have been asked for, said sources. They are examining the role of Talwar for being in touch with Kumar.

Apart from Talwar there were few others also who were in touch with Kumar.

According to sources, the file of MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions was pending for security clearance as Telecordia provides services in Pakistan also. Singh was dealing with the matter.

His phone was on surveillance along with Kumar’s which is how Talwar’s alleged conversations with Kumar were intercepted.