India's Lady James Bond arrested for this dirty work

Thane, Feb 3: A well-known woman private detective, Rajani Pandit, has been arrested by the Crime Branch of Thane police for her alleged involvement in procuring call detail records (CDR) illegally.

Police officials said that the 54-year-old woman detective's name cropped up after four private detectives arrested earlier revealed her involvement.

The four, whom police identified as Makesh Pandian (42), Prashant Palekar (49), Jigar Makwana (35) and Samresh Jha (32) alias Pratik Mohpal, were arrested on January 24 from Kalwa township here.

"During their questioning, it was revealed that Pandit had purchased five CDRs from the arrested persons. On this basis, she was arrested today. She is being questioned for further leads and her statement is being recorded," the official informed.

According to officials, the case against the four was that they were illegally procuring CDRs from some persons in neighbouring Mumbai and selling them for money.

Police had seized three desktop computers, two laptops, 11 mobile phones and electronic files of 177 CDRs from them.

Kalwa police had charged the four under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66 (computer related offences), 72 (disclosing electronic record, correspondence, information, document or other material without the consent of the person concerned) and 72A (disclosure of information in breach of lawful contract)of the Information Technology Act.

PTI