Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: One person has been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police in connection with the charge levelled by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav that the phones of some Samajwadi Party leaders were being tapped by the Delhi police.

The suspect, identified as Bhupender, owner of a private detective agency based at South Extension in South Delhi, was produced in a Tis Hazari court on Saturday and was remanded to five-day police custody.

He was reportedly tapping the phones for the past two-and-a-half months.

The Delhi police did not give further details on the arrest and Police Commissioner K.K. Paul said: "What he was doing and why is all a matter of investigation."

On Friday, the Special Cell registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy after a complaint was lodged about a forged letter, purportedly issued by Joint Commissioner (Crime), Ranjit Narayan, "authorising" the police to tap the phones of some Samajwadi Party leaders.

Earlier, Mr. Mulayam Yadav told mediapersons in Lucknow that the phones of two Samajwadi Party leaders, Amar Singh and Shivpal Singh, and that of his son Akhilesh Singh were being tapped by the Delhi police. He alleged that Dr. Paul had given him the information. The Delhi Police chief had however denied the allegations.

The Union Home Ministry too described the charges as "totally baseless". It further said the documents and evidence available with the Delhi police and with the telecom service provider, Reliance Infocomm, it appeared to be "prima facie a clear case of forgery."

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