Special Cell cop under HC scanner for taping judge’s phone

Prabhati Nayak MishraNew Delhi, Jul 20 (PTI) An inspector of the Delhi Police’s anti-terrorist unit, Special Cell, has come under the Delhi High Court’s scanner for allegedly tapping the mobile phone of a sitting trial court judge.In a letter written to the Chief Justice last month, a Metropolitan Magistrate from Tis Hazari court alleged that Inspector Rajender Singh Pathania, posted in the Special Cell, had illegally recorded his mobile phone conversations for a period of two weeks.Taking suo motu cognisance of the phone-tapping complaint, Justice G S Sistani directed the High Court registry to place before him another magistrate’s complaint of misbehaviour against the policeman.Seeking action against the police officer, the magistrate claimed in his letter that he had confirmed from the mobile phone service provider, Airtel, that the Special Cell police have kept his phone under observation for monitoring his calls.The magistrate alleged Pathania was harassing him due to ulterior motives. The inspector had also wilfully disobeyed his court orders several times, the magistrate’s letter said.Explaining an earlier instance, the complainant judge said that when Pathania was the SHO of Samaipur Badli he had falsely implicated his (judge’s) cousin and his friend in a criminal case last February.However, the FIR in the case was quashed after the victims moved the High Court which also reprimanded the Inspector for his “conduct,” causing harassment of public.The High Court had also ordered a CBI inquiry against the inspector besides imposing a fine of Rs 25,000 on him and his other colleagues, the judge wrote in the letter. PTI


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