Jaitley CDR case: Police custody of 3 pvt detectives extended

The police custody of three private detectives arrested for allegedly retrieving the call details of BJP leader Arun Jaitley was today extended by three days by a Delhi court.

Metropolitan Magistrate Purshottam Pathak extended the police custody of Neeraj, Anurag and Nitin till February 25.

The prosecution had sought their 5-day custody, saying their earlier police remand was not sufficient as "the accused persons had retrieved massive data which is in encrypted form and their presence is needed to decipher it".

"We need their custody to decode the encrypted data as only they are aware of the software they have used," it told the court.

It also said that the mail-ids used by the trio were configured with their mobile phones which could only be accessed with the password in the personal knowledge of the accused.

The police also put on record recoveries made by it in the probe in document form while submitting that they be not made public.

Counsel for accused Anurag opposed the police plea for extension of police custody, saying the main accused in the case Arvind Dabas is already in judicial custody and the police have made all the recoveries from them.

The court, however, rejected his submission, saying the accused are needed in police custody because of technical requirements in the investigation.

Meanwhile, Neeraj's counsel pleaded before the court that he is a patient of asthma and be given the medicines as prescribed by his physician.

The court directed the police to ensure medicines are given to him after consulting doctors.

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