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Police seize Pandit’s, other accused’s WhatsApp chats

The Thane police have arrested seven people so far, and will be interrogating two more women in the case.

mumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2018 00:10 IST
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Rajani Pandit, one of the accused, is India’s first woman private detective. (HT FILE)

The Thane crime branch has found new leads in the call data records (CDR) scam investigation. It has seized more than 1,000 compact discs and WhatsApp chats from those arrested, including India’s first woman private detective Rajani Pandit.

A police officer from Thane crime branch said, “We have seized mobile phones, and are also checking the accounts of the social networking sites operated by the accused. During investigation, we have found WhatsApp chats of Pandit and the other accused.”

Pandit, 65, who was arrested on Friday from Dadar, has been remanded in police custody till February 7.

The police said they have checked emails of the accused and have found chats over buying and selling of CDRs, which can prove to be crucial evidence in the case.

The officer added, “A few years back, the other accused approached Pandit to help her in private detective business. Pandit gave them two- three numbers to check for their CDR. When the accused got the CDR, Pandit started buying and selling CDRs for her clients.”

The police said the accused were also approached by insurance companies and by couples who were about to get married.

“It was disclosed by the accused that they were approached by insurance companies to reject claims of their clients. Couples who were to get married also used to give numbers of their partners to the accused to get their call data records, so as to keep an eye on their partners,” said an officer.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 00:02 IST