Phone tapping case: Delhi HC grants bail to ex-NSE chief Chitra Ramkrishna


NEW DELHI: The Delhi Excessive Courtroom on Thursday granted bail to former Nationwide Inventory Alternate (NSE) Managing Director and CEO Chitra Ramkrishna in a cash laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) associated to the alleged unlawful cellphone tapping of workers.

The ED in September final yr, had filed a cost sheet within the Rouse Avenue Courts in reference to a Prevention of Cash Laundering case pertaining to cellphone tapping of NSE workers between 2009 and 2017.

The cost sheet was filed in opposition to NSE’s Ramkrishna and Ravi Narain, and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey.

Ramkrishna, who’s already on bail within the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s case, was granted bail by Justice Jasmeet Singh.

Final yr in August, Rouse Avenue Courts had denied her bail within the ED’s case.

A replica of the detailed order is awaited.

On December 8, the Excessive Courtroom had additionally granted bail to former Mumbai Police chief Sanjay Pandey within the cash laundering case.

Justice Singh had noticed that cellphone tapping or recording calls with out the person’s permission is a “breach of privacy”.

Justice Singh had talked about that tapping cellphone traces or recording calls with out consent violates the suitable to privateness based on Article 21 of the Structure.

“I am prima facie of the view that tapping phone lines or recording calls without consent is a breach of privacy. The right to privacy enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution demands that phone calls not be recorded. Only with consent of the individuals concerned, Can such activity be carried out otherwise it would amount to breach of the fundamental right to privacy,” Justice Singh had mentioned.

The ED’s case was on the premise of the CBI’s FIR, lodged on the instructions of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The ED had claimed that Pandey obtained Rs 4.54 crore to faucet the MTNL traces to assist Ramkrishna and these had been proceeds of crime.

“Pandey ran iSec Securities Pvt. Ltd. It has been alleged that Ramkrishna used this firm to tap the phones of NSE employees. The phone calls made by NSE employees between 9 am and 10 am were tapped and recorded by iSec Securities Pvt. Ltd. It has been alleged that Pandey helped in tapping the phone calls illegally,” an company supply had mentioned.

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