Delhi Police arrested 2 for spoofing Shah’s landline numbers
The accused caller demanded Rs 3 crore from Haryana minister Ranjit Singh Chautala for party funds saying that he is calling from BJP president Amit Shah's residence
- Accused caller demanded Rs 3 crore from Haryana minister Ranjit Singh Chautala for party funds
- The caller said he is calling from BJP president Amit Shah's residence
- Police have arrested two persons in connection with the case
The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two people for allegedly attempting to dupe Haryana Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala by spoofing Home Minister Amit Shah's residential and office landline number.
The two arrested persons have been identified as Jagtar Singh (42) and Upkaar Singh(47). Police, however, have not revealed their role in the case.
On December 20, Ranjit Singh Chautala received a call through an app, Crazy Call, which is banned in India.
The caller told Ranjit Singh Chautala that he is calling from BJP president Amit Shah's residence on Krishna Menon Marg and demanded Rs 3 crore for party funds.
The repeated calls made Chautala suspicious and he approached Amit Shah's OSD for enquiry and was informed that no such call was made from the home minister's office or residence.
Following the calls, an FIR was registered in the case and DCP (New Delhi Range of the special cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah was asked to investigate, The Indian Express reported.
On Thursday, police asked the accused callers to come near Haryana Bhawan to collect the amount. Jagtaar Singh was arrested from the spot.
Police arrested Upkaar Singh on Friday evening after conducting a raid in Chandigarh.
"With the help of technical surveillance, the team first found that the calls were made from an app which is banned in India. It can, however, be downloaded from Opera web browser," the media report quoted police as saying.
Investigation revealed that Jagtaar, who hails from Haryana's Sirsa, has a business of leather jackets, while Upkaar Singh hails from Chandigarh and runs a taxi stand.
Meanwhile, Ranjit Singh Chautala, while speaking to reporters, has denied receiving any such call. "Nobody demanded money from me. I have not come across any official from the ministry. I am a cabinet minister and no such thing has happened to me. I wasn't approached for any funds," he said.
Source : India Today