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Jaitley phone-tapping case: All accused get bail

The Patiala House Court their further custody was not required as a chargesheet had already been filed.


Updated:May 30, 2013, 4:39 PM IST
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Jaitley phone-tapping case: All accused get bail
The Patiala House Court their further custody was not required as a chargesheet had already been filed.

New Delhi: All four accused in the Arun Jaitley call detail records case were granted bail by a Delhi court on Thursday. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal granted bail to Delhi Police constable Arvind Dabas, 35, and three private detectives, Anurag Singh, 37, Neeraj Nayar, 36, and Nitish Singh, 30, on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and two sureties each of the like amount.

The court enlarged the four accused on bail on the ground that the charge sheet has already been filed and they are no more required for further investigation.

"In view of the abovesaid facts and circumstances of the case, period of custody of about 100 days and at this stage, after filing of the charge sheet the accused persons are not required for further investigation, no useful purpose will be served by keeping the accused persons further in custody," the court said.

In the charge sheet, the Special Cell of Delhi Police had said that alleged mastermind Anurag was obtaining call detail records (CDRs) of Jaitley and others expecting that it could be "exploited" in rescuing himself from criminal proceedings going on against him in 2005 Amar Singh phone tapping case.

It had said Anurag, along with others, was arrested on December 30, 2005 in the Amar Singh case. The special cell had in December 2005 registered a case after allegations that Amar Singh's phone was tapped by some "unscrupulous elements" and during the investigation, Anurag was arrested along with others for allegedly forging letters of the then Joint Commissioner of Police and the Home Secretary of Delhi government to tap the phone of Amar Singh.

In its charge sheet, the police had said "Anurag, along with Nitish, was involved in the racket of obtaining CDRs through Neeraj and Arvind."

The police had said CDRs of five numbers, including three belonging to Jaitley, were sought by them by using "unauthorised e-mail id of ACP, operations, New Delhi district, on January 8, 2013.

With additional information from PTI

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