New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a private company based at New Delhi, its former Directors and other officials and four officials of NSE Mumbai including then MD, then DMD, then Executive Vice President, then Head (Premises) and 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 the accused private company between 2009-2017.
It is alleged that during 2009 to 2017 then MD, then DMD, then Executive Vice President and then Head (Premises) of NSE and the accused private company conspired to illegally intercept the telephones of NSE employees. In furtherance to this conspiracy, the 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 and Work Orders in favour of the private company and illegally intercepted the phone calls of its employees by installing special machines, in contravention of provisions under Indian Telegraph Act. No permission for this activity was taken from the Competent Authority as provided under Section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act. No consent of the employees of NSE was also taken in this matter. It is also alleged that the transcripts of these calls were provided by the private company and received by the senior officials of NSE. An amount of about Rs. 4.45 crore was allegedly paid to the private company for this activity.
Searches were conducted on Friday 8 July 2022 at 18 premises of the accused including at Mumbai, Pune, Kota, Lucknow & Delhi/NCR etc.