Police are probing the role of a Delhi businessman, who is believed to be close to several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, in connection with alleged attempts to get the details of calls made by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
Anurag Singh, who is said to have been the brain behind efforts to snoop on the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told the police that it was the businessman who had approached him for call details of Jaitely and other BJP leaders.
"For a batch of call details, which he would provide on a fortnightly basis, Singh used to charge Rs 3 lakh. Since the call detail records (CDRs) sent by telecom operators are technical, Singh would simplify them and send it to the businessman," a senior police officer said.
As per the procedure, the CDR that telecom companies provide to the police contains numbers of the callers, duration and location of the calls. But since the name of the caller is not given, one has to find out who is the owner of that mobile number.
"In the process of simplifying the CDR, Singh used to get the names of the persons Jaitley had spoken to and give it to the alleged businessman," the officer added.
The police said the motive for collection of the details was most likely business rivalry.