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BJP leaders targets of phone spying: Sources

Feb 24, 2013 10:12 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: After a constable was arrested for trying to access Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley's phone call records, police sources have now said that it is not not just Jaitley whose phone records were illegally accessed. Police suspect other BJP leaders were also targets.

The sources are talking about a sophisticated, well-organised espionage ring involving bureaucrats, politicians and corporates. It first appeared like a small snooping racket involving a few detectives and a police constable, but further investigations have revealed that the final target may not be just Arun Jaitley but other BJP leaders as well.

It is a full fledged espionage ring run from the national capital, sources said. Three private detectives and a police constable were arrested for trying to procure call records of Jaitley. Details accessed by CNN-IBN reveal that the king-pin in the scandal is Anurag Singh, who is a well known detective and has clandestinely worked for the police in the past.

Singh and his aides were trying to procure call details of 15 people, which include five politicians apart from Jaitley, two of whom are from the BJP. Others sources said they were people from the corporate world.

Officers investigating the case said Singh was a master at breaking through secured networks and scooping out information for his clients. His network with detectives and police officers made him an important man for corporates and politicians as well.

A police officer, who helped Singh, is already in the net but there are probability of more people being involved. The special cell of the Delhi Police, which is investigating the case, is extremely tight-lipped about the larger conspiracy.

However, CNN-IBN has learnt Singh was getting orders from an unknown person, who had promised to help him with a 2006 phone tapping case in which he was accused of trying to snoop on former SP leader Amar Singh.