By Inder Vashisth
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a private company based at New Delhi, its then Directors & other officials and four officials of NSE Mumbai including then MD, then DMD, then Executive Vice President, then Head (Premises) & other unknown persons on a reference from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in connection with alleged illegal interception of telephones of NSE employees carried out by its top management in collusion with said private company between 2009-2017.
It was alleged that during 2009 to 2017 then MD, then DMD, then Executive Vice President and then Head (Premises) of NSE and said private company conspired to illegally intercept the telephones of NSE employees. In furtherance to this conspiracy, the said private company was allegedly engaged in the guise of conducting ‘Periodic Study of Cyber Vulnerabilities’ at NSE. It was further alleged that top officials of NSE issued Agreement / Work Orders in favour of said private company and illegally intercepted the phone calls of its employees by installing machine/s, in contravention of provisions under Indian Telegraph Act. No permission for this activity was taken from the Competent Authority as provided U/s 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act. No consent of the employees of NSE was also taken in this matter. It was also alleged that the transcripts of these calls were provided by said private company and received by the senior officials of NSE. An amount of Rs. 4.45 crore (approx.) was allegedly paid to said private company for this activity.
Searches are being conducted today at 18 premises of the accused including at Mumbai, Pune, Kota, Lucknow & Delhi/NCR etc. Further investigation is in progress
Name of the accused:-
1) M/s iSEC Services Pvt. Ltd, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070 and its then officials including Smt. Santosh Pandey, then Director ; Anand Narayan, then Director ; Armaan Pandey, then Director ; Manish Mittal, then Director; Shri Naman Chaturvedi, then Sr. Information Security Analyst & others including Shri Sanjay Pandey, Shri Arun Kumar Singh
2) Ravi Narain, then MD; Ms. Chitra Ramakrishna, then DMD; Ravi Varanasi, then Executive Vice President; Shri Mahesh Haldipur, then Head (Premises), all of NSE, Mumbai
3) Other unknown persons.