In the first arrest in the case related to the leak of CBI joint director V V Lakshminarayana’s Call Data Record (CDR), the Crime Investigation Department on Wednesday took into custody the vice-president of a private firm. The CID sleuths are now in search of a Nagpur-based telecom manager of BSNL, who allegedly handed over the CDR to the accused.
Hyderabad-based K Venka Reddy, vice president of Ind Barath Energies, Maharashtra, has reportedly confessed to his involvement in obtaining the CDR, said additional director general of police (CID) SV Ramanamurthy.
Sources said Reddy had approached the Maharashtra police with a complaint saying he was getting threat calls from unknown numbers. He provided the mobile numbers of the CBI joint director and the CBI SP. However, when police went through the call details on Reddy’s phone, they found that no calls were made to him from the numbers he had given.
Later, Reddy is alleged to have created false call records. “Reddy created false records to show that the police had sought the call details from the numbers he mentioned. He then submitted it to the telecom manager Hanumantha Rao, who eventually provided the CDR. Reddy also generated a note file to make it appear as if the records were sought by the police,” sources said.
It is still unclear if Reddy, said to be a close associate of industrialist Raghurama Raju, also bribed Hanumantha Rao, who is absconding. A native of Andhra Pradesh, he was transferred to Nagpur and is on leave till July 28. “We will nab him soon,” a CID official said.
Police have registered cases against Reddy under IPC sections 120(B) (Criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 166 (Public servant disobeying law), 167 (Public servant framing an incorrect document), 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 500 (punishment for defamation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) o and section 43(g) read with section 66, 72, 84 (B) and 84(c) of the IT Act.