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Call data theft case: Hearing on Pandit’s bail plea deferred

While arguing for the bail plea of Rajani Pandit, her advocate told the court that Pandit did not buy the data, and that she has been charged under bailable offences.

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2018 00:15 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
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More than 1,000 call data records seized from the accused are under the scanner.(HT FILE)

The Thane court on Thursday postponed the bail application hearing of the country’s first woman private detective Rajani Pandit, 65, till February 20.

A police officer from Thane crime branch said,“While arguing for Pandit’s bail, her advocate said that she is a senior citizen and has been charged under bailable offences. The defence also said that Pandit did not purchase any data. The other accused had purchased the data from her.”

The police custody of the recently arrested accused Ajinkya Nagargoje, 27, and Jaspreet Marwah, 32, has also been extended till February 20.

Nagargoje would pose as a cyber expert, and had even created the Yavatmal police’s website. Marwah on the other hand, used to work as a tele-caller for a telecom company .

The police conducted searches at Nagargoje and Marwah’s houses and offices, and have seized important documents, mobile phones and computers. They are also checking the social networking accounts of the duo.

On January 24, four private detectives were arrested from Kalwa by Thane crime branch (unit 1) for allegedly selling call data records (CDR) by charging between Rs25, 000 and Rs50, 000.

The accused have been identified as Makesh Pandiyan, 42, Prashant Palekar, 49, Jigar Makawana, 35, and Samresh Jha, 32.

While investigating the four accused, Pandit’s name cropped up, and she was arrested on February 2. 1,000 CDR seized from the accused are under scanner.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 00:15 IST