Techie held for stealing call records of 15 B’wood stars from police IT cell

  • Gulam Jeelani and Rashpal Singh, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2016 19:32 IST
Pradeep Kumar was a contractual employee of an IT firm and had been provided access by the city police for some official work. (HT Photo)

A contractual IT Cell staffer of the Gurgaon police was arrested on Tuesday on charges of illegally procuring call detail records (CDR) of influential people, including some Bollywood actors.

The accused, identified as 30-year-old Pradeep Kumar, was in touch with an aide who sought call details of celebrities from him in lieu of a job promise.

Police said Kumar used the access provided for the police’s IT-related work to procure call details and share it with his accomplice, presently in Mumbai.

Kumar, police said, had made a Facebook account under the name of Deep Bura.

Investigations have revealed that Kumar’s Mumbai-based aide would ask for call details of personalities, which the he procured and duly handed over during personal meetings at posh hotels of Delhi. The call details of as many as 15 celebrities have been shared between the two, the police said.

“Kumar himself didn’t know the owner of the phone numbers. He would share the details with the Mumbai man and would occasionally take money in return,” said inspector Sajjan Kumar, the investigation officer. Police have recovered a laptop, hard disk, mobile phone and a fake ID card from Kumar.

The matter came to light when a computer operator, head constable Rajesh Kumar, posted at Bilaspur, received a complaint that request for call details of two numbers was sent from the official email id of Crime unit 6, Bilaspur.

During investigation by Haryana state crime branch, police found that the e-mail was not sent by Rajesh Kumar but some other person.

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