NSE phone-tapping case: CBI will get 4-day custody of Mumbai ex-top cop

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Sanjay Pandey

More than two months after the CBI registered an FIR in opposition to former Mumbai Police commissioner Sanjay Pandey, a particular CBI court docket on Saturday granted the company four-day custody of Pandey in reference to the alleged unlawful phone-tapping of National Stock Exchange (NSE) workers by his IT agency.

Pandey was already in judicial custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to the investigation in opposition to him.

CBI’s case registered in July is the second FIR within the matter. The probe company had registered the primary FIR in 2018 and arrested former NSE MD and CEO Chitra Ramkrishna, amongst others.

Later, the ED additionally lodged a case in opposition to Pandey, a 1986-batch IPS officer, an audit firm linked to his household, and others, together with Ramakrishna.

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“Pandey was already in judicial custody of ED. The CBI is probing how the audit company — iSec Services Pvt Ltd, which Pandey had incorporated in 2001 — did not raise a red flag that the NSE’s servers were compromised,” a supply stated.

Besides Pandey and his Delhi-based firm, former NSE MD and CEOs Ravi Narain and Ramkrishna, government vp Ravi Varanasi, and head (premises) Mahesh Haldipur, amongst others, are named in CBI’s FIR. The company has alleged that between 2009 and 2017, Narain, Ramkrishna (additionally in judicial custody within the NSE co-location rip-off at current), Varanasi and Haldipur had conspired to illegally intercept telephones of NSE workers, for which they employed iSec Services.

According to CBI, the corporate acquired a fee of Rs 4.45 crore do get unlawful tapping executed, which was camouflaged as “Periodic Study of Cyber Vulnerabilities” at NSE. The firm additionally allegedly offered transcripts of the tapped-conversations to senior administration of the inventory change, in line with the FIR.

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“…Top officials of NSE issued agreement and work orders in favour of said private company and illegally intercepted the phone calls of its employees by installing machines, in contravention of provisions under the Indian Telegraph Act,” the CBI had acknowledged after the FIR.

The company had additionally seized servers and digital gadgets of the corporate.

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Officials stated the interception was stopped in 2019, months after the CBI began probe in NSE co-location rip-off in 2018 and the machines and infrastructure used for interception was disposed of as e-waste by the NSE.

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