CDR theft: private detective sent to judicial custody

Police denied extension of Rajani Pandit’s custody

February 12, 2018 01:02 am | Updated February 13, 2018 03:38 pm IST

Mumbai: Thane: Feb 11, 2018 : India's first female private detective Rajani Pandit got Judicial Custody for illegally procuring call detail records on Sunday,Rajani Pandit was Sent To Thane Central Jail .
Photo: Vibhav Birwatkar

Mumbai: Thane: Feb 11, 2018 : India's first female private detective Rajani Pandit got Judicial Custody for illegally procuring call detail records on Sunday,Rajani Pandit was Sent To Thane Central Jail . Photo: Vibhav Birwatkar

Mumbai: Private detective Rajani Pandit was sent to judicial custody on Sunday by the holiday court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Thane, which denied any further extension of custody sought by the Thane police.

Ms. Pandit, 64, was arrested on February 3 for allegedly illegally procuring call detail records (CDR) for her clients. The police busted a gang of four people. Ms. Pandit, the daughter of a former police officer, was picked up from her house after one of the arrested men told the police that he had sourced the CDRs on her instructions and sold it at a hefty price.

Ms. Pandit’s lawyer, Madhav Thorat, told the court that she has been in police custody for nine days and suffers from various medical ailments. He said the other main accused have been sent to magisterial custody and the investigation has to be carried out on the basis of the CDRs. Ms. Pandit will apply for bail on Monday.

The prosecution sought for an extension of police custody as the police need to verify whom the CDR belong to, and need to go through CDs and laptops.

The court asked the prosecution why police custody was required, especially when all other accused were in magisterial custody, and remanded Ms. Pandit to judicial custody.

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