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Jaitley call records case: Bail plea of constable Dabas rejected

Arvind Dabas is accused of providing call details of prominent politicians to a private detective in Delhi, including that of Arun Jaitley.

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Updated:March 12, 2013, 4:13 PM IST
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Jaitley call records case: Bail plea of constable Dabas rejected
Arvind Dabas is accused of providing call details of prominent politicians to a private detective in Delhi, including that of Arun Jaitley.

New Delhi: A court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Delhi Police constable Arvind Dabas, arrested in connection with BJP leader Arun Jaitley's phone tapping case.

Dabas had moved the court seeking bail, saying there was no direct evidence against him and he was falsely implicated in the case by the police. He had alleged that he had become a 'victim of the system'.

Dabas is accused of providing call details of prominent politicians to a private detective in Delhi, including that of Jaitley. Police have claimed that this might be a result of political in-fighting within the Bharatiya Janata Party.

According to police, Dabas had used the official email ID of an Assistant Commissioner of Police to send a request to a mobile service provider for the call detail records of the BJP leader.

His counsel Naushad Ahmad Khan had argued that there was no direct evidence to book his client under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC and the offences he had been charged with by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police were bailable.

The police, on the other hand, had opposed his bail plea and had argued that offences of forgery under IPC may be made out against the four accused including Dabas which were non-bailable and the constable should not be granted relief.

Besides Dabas, three private detectives, Anurag, who is alleged to be the main conspirator, Neeraj and Nitish, have also been arrested and all of them are in judicial custody till March 20.

Anurag Singh and his aides had been taking out call records of top BJP leaders over the past six to eight months. Three private detectives and one police constable have been arrested so far. Anurag Singh was earlier involved in tracking the call records of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

All the accused have been booked for criminal conspiracy and cheating under the IPC and section 66 of IT Act for computer hacking.

During the arguments held in-camera on the bail plea, the police had said that offences under sections 464 (making a false document), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC may be made out against the accused in the case.

The police had also said that the chain of events in the case was "complete" which showed "criminality" on the part of the accused and the investigation in the case was still on. According to the police, Dabas was the first to be arrested followed by the others.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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