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Call centre database seller arrested

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 19:28 IST
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Kolkata based Sushant Chandak, charged with offering to sell a database with the credit card details of 200,000 British clients, has been arrested and was produced before West Bengal's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Thursday. 

The CID had been looking for him ever since the sting operation by the UK based TV channel, Channel Four, in which evidence of Chandak's role was caught on camera.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) had filed a complaint against Chandak after the Channel Four documentary Dispatches was telecast by a local TV channel.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, West Bengal's IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said: "Chandak was found hiding in Delhi and brought back to Kolkata on Wednesday." Chandak's lawyer Anuj Singh, however, claimed he had surrendered before the police.

Said Kiran Karnik, NASSCOM president, "The CID's questioning will help us to find out how much information Chandak obtained and how. We can then plug the loopholes to prevent such leakages in the future. The arrest is crucial because Channel Four was not helping us at all."

According to Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal, Chandak has been booked under Section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, for illegal possession of data. "The registering of this case and Chandak's arrest has sent the right signal to the international business community," said cyber law expert Pavan Duggal.