Mobile cos tell court they can’t provide call records

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act Court has been told by the Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) that it cannot provide call data records (CDR) to the accused of 2006 Mumbai train blasts case free.

The company told the court that its accumulated losses as of May 31, 2012 were Rs 3031.18 crore.

“If the cost of retrieving the CDRs is not allowed to be recovered, then the company which is already incurring huge losses, and ultimately its more than 4.5 lakh shareholders, would have to bear this cost,” said Prashant Padvale, the assistant manager, in an application.

Earlier four mobile service providers — Vodafone, Loop, Airtel and Tata — had filed application in the court seeking direction to the accused to pay a total of Rs 34 lakh for retrieving the CDRs.

But the defence lawyers said their clients would not be able to shell out the money, and it would not be in the interests of justice. As the prosecution was relying on CDRs, the defence must get them free, they argued.

Loop also filed an application today saying it is unable to bear the estimated cost of Rs 8 lakh for retrieving CDRs.

Earlier, the MCOCA court had rejected the demand of CDRs. When the accused moved the High Court, it directed the lower court to consider the demand afresh.

Seven coordinated blasts on Mumbai suburban trains on July 11, 2006 killed 188 people and injured 817 others. While ATS has arrested 13 persons, 15 accused are absconding.

Case against journalist, police inspector in call data records case

Cyberabad police have on Tuesday registered a case against a journalist and a police officer in connection with the alleged leakage of call data records of a woman. The case was registered under different provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act, Indian Telegraph Act and Official Secrets Act.

The call data records of the complainant Chandrabala Vasireddy were published in the vernacular daily Sakshi on Thursday last alleging that she was in touch with a media organisation head and a CBI officer probing the cases against the newspaper owner and Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who is currently in judicial custody.

Following a complaint from Ms. Vasireddy, the Cyber Crime station of Cyberabad Commissionerate registered a case against Sakshi reporter K. Yadagiri Reddy and Inspector M. Srinivasa Rao of Nacharam police station in leaking call data records case.