Jaitley case fallout: Police put in place checks to plug leak of information

Senior Special Cell officers investigating the call records case say the incident has exposed the vulnerability of sensitive information in possession of Delhi Police and highlighted the “urgent need” to secure it.

Written by Sumegha Gulati | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 12:14 am

In the wake of the recent controversy to illegally procure call detail records of BJP leader Arun Jaitley,Delhi Police has initiated a slew of measures to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive information on political cases,terror modules and other related investigations.

Senior Special Cell officers investigating the call records case say the incident has exposed the vulnerability of sensitive information in possession of Delhi Police and highlighted the “urgent need” to secure it. “Any police team works extremely hard on getting crucial leads and information regarding the crime,accused and the suspects in a case. However,such incidents negate all that effort put in by the investigators. That is why,the department is taking a number of measures to secure the information,” an officer said.

Special Cell last month had arrested four persons — a Delhi Police constable and three private detectives — for trying to illegally obtain call records of Jaitley and other politicians.

One of the arrested accused,Anurag Singh had come into spotlight after it was found that he had helped Delhi Police crack several terror cases.

As a result,obtaining call detail records — even for investigations — has become relatively difficult for police officers. “Reasonable restrictions” have been put on them to ensure the police officers are made “accountable”.

“Weekly checks have been put in place to ascertain which police officer has demanded what call details. Deatlied monthly reports will be prepared from now on,” the officer said.

The department has also upgraded its firewall security to protect sensitive information regarding investigations.

“Our official e-mails are usually used only from particular systems inside our office. Now,whenever an email account is opened from a different system,we get a notification immediately,alerting us that the email is being operated from a different IP system,” the official said.

Confirming this,Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) S N Srivastava said,“Wherever there are weaknesses,we need to improve upon the areas. However,we also need to ensure that investigations are not hampered. The balance can be achieved once accountability is put in place. The ACP in charge of a case must be aware each time junior officers try to obtain data or information pertaining to investigations of a case. His approval is a must.”

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