Criminals get ?mobile? at lawyers? expense

THIS ONE has baffled the city?s legal fraternity. Criminals used the photostat copies of the passports of two high court lawyers, replaced their photographs and used the documents to get mobile connections. The victims, incidentally, are close relatives of two high court judges. In fact, the criminals were using the cell phones since May 3 till the matter came to light on June 15, when the lawyers complained to the Airtel authorities about the fraud.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 01:29 IST
PADM Kirti

THIS ONE has baffled the city’s legal fraternity. Criminals used the photostat copies of the passports of two high court lawyers, replaced their photographs and used the documents to get mobile connections. The victims, incidentally, are close relatives of two high court judges. In fact, the criminals were using the cell phones since May 3 till the matter came to light on June 15, when the lawyers complained to the Airtel authorities about the fraud.

Abdul Moin, a prominent lawyer of the high court and brother of a sitting high court judge, received a letter from Airtel thanking him for using mobile number 9936070244. His colleague Abhinav Trivedi, who is the son of a former HC judge, also received a similar letter for mobile number 9936350068. The letter surprised the lawyers as they had never applied for an Airtel connection. They immediately approached the mobile company and asked them as to how connections were issued in their names even though they never applied for one.

As they pursued the matter the involvement of Naka-based Bansal Electronics came to the fore. The two lawyers had taken Tata-Indicom mobile connections in February last from Bansal Electronics.

For documentation they had submitted photostat copies of their passports.

Bansal Electronics used those photostat copies, changed the photographs and provided mobile connections to the criminals.

Shocked at the incident, the lawyers decided to report the matter to the police.

When the two lawyers and their colleagues went to the Naka police station on Thursday evening to lodge an FIR, the officer on duty refused to entertain their plea.

He asked them to take the permission of inspector, BK Singh. Singh was not present there and the lawyers after a two-hours’ wait left the place.

Annoyed at the cop’s insensitivity to the issue, they approached government advocate Ashwani Kumar Singh. Singh took the officers to task for refusing to register an FIR. He took up the matter with SP (West) DK Rai and asked him to take action.

Finally, a case was registered and on Friday Rai changed the investigating officer and ordered that the culprits be booked by Saturday.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 01:29 IST