Key accused was in touch with BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal, say police
A police investigation into illegal accessing of call detail records of the mobile phones of BJP leader Arun Jaitley has shown that Anurag Singh, among the four arrested in the case so far, was in touch with another BJP leader, Sudhanshu Mittal. The Special Cell of Delhi Police, which is probing the case, is likely to question Mittal in this regard.
A police officer said Anurag Singh had spoken several times to Mittal two months ago. He said the investigation so far suggested that Anurag and his associates accessed CDRs of only the phones of BJP leaders.
"So far, only the names of some BJP politicians have come up. Anurag was very evasive during his questioning in police custody. We hope the hard drive we seized will shed more light," the officer said.
Anurag runs a private detective agency in New Delhi. He had been arrested earlier for his alleged role in the 2005 tapping of the phone of then SP leader Amar Singh.
When his comments were sought, Mittal acknowledged he had met Anurag. "I have not been contacted by the special cell. I meet 50-100 people on daily basis. In the last four-five years, Anurag came to meet me on different occasions. His father, who was in the Customs, was known to me. And which is why I met him. He seemed so innocent. I am shocked that someone who looks so innocent can indulge in such activities. The police should conduct a proper investigation and arrest all involved," Mittal said.
The illegal accessing of mobile phone CDRs came to light in January when service provider Airtel checked with New Delhi police if they had sought Jaitley's CDRs. Police realised that an ACP's email account had been misused to send a request for the CDRs. A case was registered and four persons — police constable Arvind Dabas, Anurag and private detectives Neeraj Nayar and Nitish Singh — were arrested.
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