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Sanjay Pandey, former Mumbai Police commissioner booked in NSE phone tapping case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: In the breaking development in the case, ED has taken big action in NSE phone tapping case. After a long interrogation, former police commissioner Sanjay Pandey has been arrested. Yesterday also the ED had called him for questioning, the CBI had also done questions and answers. Now he has been arrested on Tuesday i.e. on July 19.

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For information, let us tell you that from the year 2013 to 2016, Chitra Ramakrishna was the Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange. At that time, the case of phone taps of NSE employees came to light through a company of Sanjay Pandey. When the ED came to know about this tapping, they immediately informed the Ministry of Home Affairs and the CBI also swung into action in the matter. Now ED has arrested Sanjay Pandey in the same tapping case. Chitra Ramakrishna was also arrested a few days ago.

By the way, it has also been claimed that Sanjay Pandey’s company had received Rs 4.45 crore for tapping. Talking about Sanjay Pandey’s career, he was holding the post of Managing Director of Maharashtra State Security Corporation before Mumbai Police Commissioner. In April 2021, the Uddhav Thackeray government gave him the charge of DGP of Maharashtra. However, after IPS Rajneesh Seth was appointed as the DGP of Maharashtra, the charge was withdrawn from him.

The 1986 batch IPS officer was the 76th Police Commissioner of Mumbai Police. He took the responsibility of commissioner from IPS Hemant Nagarle. He just retired on 30th June last month.

It is also important to know here that Sanjay Pandey had resigned from the police service in 2001. After that he formed an IT audit firm, then returned to the police service when his resignation was not accepted.

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Pandey, who studied at the IIT Kanpur and Harvard University, is expected to be confronted with Ramkrishna after it obtains his custodial remand from a special PMLA court on Wednesday.

The top cop retired from service, while holding the post of Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police, on June 30, a charge he held for four-months. He was appointed to the post by the MVA government headed by former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Pandey briefly served as the acting Maharashtra director general of police or the head of the state police force.

The case was lodged after a reference from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in connection with alleged illegal interception of telephones of NSE employees carried out by its top management in collusion with the accused private company from 2009-2017.

“It was alleged that from 2009 to 2017, the accused and a private company conspired to illegally intercept the telephones of NSE employees. In furtherance of this conspiracy, the private company was allegedly engaged in the guise of conducting ‘Periodic Study of Cyber Vulnerabilities’ at the NSE. It was further alleged that top officials of NSE issued agreements (Work Orders) in favour of the private company and illegally intercepted the phone calls of its employees by installing machines in contravention of provisions under the Indian Telegraph Act,” the CBI had earlier said.

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The probe agency has also alleged that no permission for this activity was taken from the competent authority as provided under the Indian Telegraph Act.

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