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Were calls of top editors tracked?

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2013 02:03 IST
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Four more names, including those of two senior journalists employed at leading media houses and that of a senior BJP functionary's son, have emerged during ongoing investigations into the illegal call detail records (CDR) access case, sources claimed on Saturday.

According to sources, investigators have so far been able to uncover the fact that the alleged mastermind of the case, central Delhi-based private detective Anurag Singh ,who has since been arrested for illegally accessing the call details of BJP leader Arun Jaitley, had attempted to get his hands on around 60 CDRs.


"Singh had also attempted to get the CDRs of a senior female television editor, the editor-in-chief of a major investigative magazine based in the capital, those of a very senior BJP leader's son as well as call details of a south Delhi-based businessman," said an officer.

On February 19, Singh, who runs a detective agency by the name of 'V-Detect' at central Delhi's Connaught Place and used to be a trusted source of the intelligence establishment before his name cropped up in the Amar Singh phone-tapping scandal in 2005, was arrested for his involvement in the case.

The special cell has since filed another criminal case - of cheating and forgery - against two of Singh's associates: 'rebel' Delhi Police constable Arvind Dabas and private detective Neeraj Nayyar, for having used forged documents to procure SIM cards.

If highly-placed sources are to be believed, the lid was blown off the operation after their counterparts in Mumbai tipped the Delhi Police off about a criminal complaint filed by a telecom operator at Mumbai's Bandra as early as February last year.

"According to the complaint, emails requesting CDRs of several Delhi-based politicians as well as Bollywood actors residing in Mumbai had been received by the said telecom operator from three email addresses which were later ascertained to belong to three assistant commissioners of Delhi Police," said another officer.

SN Shrivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell) denied that Singh had been able to get his hands on even a single one of the said four CDRs.