मंगलवार, 3 दिसम्बर 2013
The Lok Sabha Secretariat has released the List of Government Bills that are pending in the Lok Sabha that may be taken up for consideration and passing during the winter session starting 5th December.
1) The Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011 which seeks to amend the RTI Act in two places by introducing a new exemption and placing under Section 24 (Schedule 2) of the RTI Act all nuclear safety regulatory bodies connected with defence or state security purposes that this legislation will establish- for consideration and passing.
2) The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011 (Grievance Redress Bill) for consideration and passing.
3) The Electronic Services Delivery Bill, 2013 for replacing the Electronic Services Delivery Bill, 2011.
4) The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010 - seeking statutory status for the Unique Identification Authority of India which wants to database all Indians by claiming to provide them with an Aadhaar identity for consideration and passing.
5) The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organizations Bill, 2011 - to meet an important requirement under the UN Convention Against Corruption- for consideration and passing.
6) The Direct Taxes Code Bill, 2010- to replace the Income Tax Act and other related laws- for consideration and passing.
7) The Multi-State Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2010- for strengthening the statutory regime for regulating multi-State Coops- for consideration and passing.
8) The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008 (Women's Reservation Bill) for consideration and passing.
9) The Constitution (120th Amendment) Bill, 2013- for establishing the Judicial Appointments Commission- for consideration and passing.
10) The Constitution (110th Amendment) Bill, 2009- for increasing reservation for women in Panchayat from 1/3rd to 1/2 of the seats- for consideration and passing.
Why biometric identification of citizens must be resisted XIII
In a book ‘Reimagining India’ edited by McKinsey & Company published by Simon & Schuster in November 2013, Mukesh Ambani has written a chapter titled ‘Making the next leap’ endorsing biometric profiling based identification. Ambani writes, “Aadhaar, an initiative of Unique Identification Authority of India, will soon support the world’s largest online platform to deliver government welfare services directly to the poor.” It appears to be a book of the millionaires and billionaires, by the millionaires and billionaires and for the millionaires and billionaires.
This reminds one of lyrics of a song titled ‘If I were a rich man’ musical ‘Fiddler on the roof’ of the 1970s which noted “When you're rich, they think you really know!” The song goes like: If I were a biddy biddy rich, Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man.
The most important men in town would come to fawn on me!
They would ask me to advise them,
Like a Solomon the Wise.
And it won't make one bit of difference if i answer right or wrong.
When you're rich, they think you really know!
In his chapter Ambani adds, “The most exciting prospect of all is the impetus that could come from tapping the surging aspirations of the seven to eight hundred million Indians who remain excluded from India’s success story. If we manage to bring this segment of the population into the economic mainstream, the result will be enormous enhancement in India’s economic and noneconomic power, as we generate equality in access despite inequality in income.” According to Forbes magazine, Ambani is listed as the 22nd richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $21.5 billion. He has retained his position as the India's richest person for the sixth year in a row.
Ambani says, “When I reflect on India’s phenomenal success over the past two decades and consider what will be required for similar advances in decades to come, I often think back on what India was like in 1980, when I returned to Mumbai from Stanford University”.
This book by McKinsey & Company introduces Ambani as the “Chairman and CEO of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector company. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry, a member of the board of governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, and chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Ambani has a degree in chemical engineering from the Mumbai University Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.” The book commits a mistake in stating that Ambani has a MBA degree from Stanford University because he admittedly dropped out and did not complete his MBA course.
The book has a chapter on India by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google and co-author of “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Futures of People, Nations and Business” wherein he says, “The government’s Unique Identification project, led by my friend Nandan Nilekani, is creating enormous new possibilities for e-commerce.” What he leaves unsaid is that “Unique Identification (UID)/aadhaar project entails marriage of digital technologies with unaccountable and ungovernable biometric and surveillance technologies which is illegitimate and illegal.
Nilekani also has a chapter titled “a technology solution for India’s identity crisis” in the book wherein he says, “The Indian government spends about $ 60 billion a year on subsidy programs involving products such as food, fertilizer, and petroleum...But studies show that these programs often have leakages, thus leading to anomalies in benefits reaching the intended beneficiaries. India’s own Planning Commission found in 2008 that more than one-third of subsidized grain supposedly destined for the poor went to better-off households instead, due in large part to fraud and corruption. Errors in delivery and identification resulted in even greater losses of subsidized grain…Aadhaar can this revolutionalize the way public services are delivered as well as dramatically enhance the inclusiveness of Indian society.” He is more concerned about leakage of food grains than leakage of financial and mineral resources which has led to accumulation of black money in foreign countries. His silence on this issue exposes him. He is ignorant about the fact that leakage is not an identification problem but a problem of eligibility wherein those who are ineligible access subsidies. Such pilferage can be dealt with without subjugating Indians to social control technology companies.
Nilekani concludes saying, identification “Technology can be a great leveler of Indian society”. He seems to echo what Ambani says about generating “equality in access despite inequality in income” by claiming technology to be class neutral and income neutral because structurally it is supposed to be a ‘leveler’. Is inequality in income a natural phenomenon? The authors of this book imply it to be so.
Meanwhile, it has come to light that the Max Schireson, CEO of MongoDB (formerly called 10gen), a technology company from USA which is co-funded by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was in New Delhi two weeks back to enter into a contract with UIDAI. (Lison Joseph, Navbaharat Times, December 2, 2013) This company is a Palo Alto and Manhattan-based database software provider in the $30 billion relational database market. Relational databases commenced in the 1970s when computers were moving away from punch cards (that facilitated holocaust in Germany using census data) to terminals. It is taking away customers from Oracle and IBM. This contract has not been disclosed so far. MongoDB will take data from UIDAI to undertake its analysis. UIDAI is tight lipped about CIA’s role in it. This company’s database software is already being used to verify the speed of registration. It is yet to become clear whether this company will be in a vendor relationship directly or it will operate through some pre-existing entity which is already working with UIDAI as system integrator.
10gen is the company behind MongoDB, a popular open-source, document-oriented database. It is forms part of a new generation of NoSQL -- Not Only SQL -- database products developed as an alternatives to convnetional relational databases from Oracle (NSDQ:ORCL), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT). Elsewhere Schireson has explained, “We deliver enterprises a 10 to 1 improvement — we charge tens of thousands of dollars to complete projects in a few months that they charge millions of dollars to finish in years” to deal with large volume and diverse variety of big data.
One of the investors of MongoDB is In-Q-Tel (IQT), a not-for-profit organization based in Virginia, USA created to bridge the gap between the technology needs of the U.S. Intelligence Community and emerging commercial innovation. It identifies and invests in venture-backed startups developing technologies that provide “ready-soon innovation” (within 36 months) which vital for the mission of intelligence community. IQT was launched in 1999. Its core purpose is to keep CIA and other intelligence agencies equipped with the latest in information technology to support of intelligence capability. Edward Snowden had revealed that US intelligence agencies are targeting communications in Asian countries. It was founded by Norman Ralph Augustine.
In his book ‘At The Center Of The Storm: My Years at the CIA”, former CIA director George Tenet says, “We (the CIA) decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999 we chartered ... In-Q-Tel. ... While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA. CIA identifies pressing problems, and In-Q-Tel provides the technology to address them. The In-Q-Tel alliance has put the Agency back at the leading edge of technology ... This ... collaboration ... enabled CIA to take advantage of the technology that Las Vegas uses to identify corrupt card players and apply it to link analysis for terrorists [cf. the parallel data-mining effort by the SOCOM-DIA operation Able Danger , and to adapt the technology that online booksellers use and convert it to scour millions of pages of documents looking for unexpected results.”
In-Q-Tel sold 5,636 shares of Google, worth over $2.2 million, on November 15, 2005 The stocks were a result of Google’s acquisition of Keyhole, the CIA funded satellite mapping software now known as Google Earth. On August 15, 2005, Washington Post reported that In-Q-Tel was funded with about $ 37 million a year from the CIA. "In my view the organization has been far more successful than I dreamed it would be," said Norman R. Augustine , who was recruited in 1998 by Krongard and George J. Tenet, who then was director of central intelligence, to help set up In-Q-Tel. Augustine, former chief executive of defense giant Lockheed Martin, is an In-Q-Tel trustee.
Notably, former CIA chief, Tenet, was on the board of L-1 Identity Solutions, a major supplier of biometric identification software, which was a US company when UIDAI signed a contract agreement with it. A truncated copy of the contract agreement accessed through RTI is available with the author. This company has now been bought over by Safran group, a French defence company. The subsidiary of this French company in which French government has 30.5 per cent shares, Sagem Morpho has also signed a contract agreement with UIDAI. In August 2011, Safran acquired L-1 Identity Solutions.
Now in the backdrop of these disclosures how credible are the poor centric claims of Mukesh Ambani, Nilekeni and Eric Schmidt who are taking Indian legislators, officials, citizens and the Indian intelligence community for a royal ride. Clearly, aadhaar creates a platform for social control and surveillance technologies to have a field day and undermines nations’ sovereignty, security and citizens’ democratic rights. Nilekeni wrote ‘Imagining India’, McKinsey & Company edited ‘Reimagining India,’ it is evident that their idea of India is contrary to idea of India that emerged from the freedom struggle since 1857 and the constitution of India.
Freedom struggle witnessed both traitors who sided with companies and foreign governments and loyalists who were ready to suffer any consequence to safeguard the interest of Indians. Can citizens of India trust Goolam E. Vahanavati, Attorney General for India and Prime Minister of India when they submit their defence of indefensible aadhhar/UID in the Supreme Court where it faces a legal challenge to take a step back and withdraw the project the way they withdrew their circular making aadhaar/UID mandatory in Chandigarh before the Punjab & Haryana High Court to save Indians from falling into a sophisticated intelligence trap?
I am afraid to say that author's fears might be misplaced here. Unless we have a copy of the agreement between MongoDB and UIDAI we can't say for sure. MongoDB is an open source product with commercial support (somewhat similar to what MySQL provides in the Relational Database space). Maybe the contract is just about support but not about analysing the data? Or it could be that the UIDAI has requirement related to BigData which warrant the use of MongoDB.
I am afraid to say that author's fears might be misplaced here. Unless we have a copy of the agreement between MongoDB and UIDAI we can't say for sure. MongoDB is an open source product with commercial support (somewhat similar to what MySQL provides in the Relational Database space). Maybe the contract is just about support but not about analysing the data? Or it could be that the UIDAI has requirement related to BigData which warrant the use of MongoDB.
Merely the funding of CIA doesn't mean that the software will be used for evil purposes. US Navy funds for anonymous browser Tor. Tor is used by privacy activists across the globe. Even Edward Snowden relied on Tor. Bruce Schenier who has been quoted on this Magazine also uses and propogates the use of Tor. Although there have been unconfirmed reports of a backdoor in Tor, the people behind Tor project have denied it.
Rabidly leftist--- I dont understand why the rich are deemed foxy and thieves with illgotten wealth. Ambani has refined petroleum for india since last two decades and recently producing gas. They ventured into telecom and increased penetration and served people. I dont understand why CIA is looked at as an enemy organization and not as a partner. The cold war mentality must be still alive.
You may also want to read…
Why biometric identification of citizens must be resisted? Part I
Biometric identification is modern day enslavement -Part II
Biometric profiling, including DNA, is dehumanising -Part III
Marketing and advertising blitzkrieg of biometric techies and supporters -Part IV
History of technologies reveals it is their owners who are true beneficiaries -Part V
UID's promise of service delivery to poor hides IT, biometrics industry profits –Part VI
Technologies and technology companies are beyond regulation? -Part VII
Surveillance through biometrics-based Aadhaar –Part VIII
Narendra Modi biometrically profiled. What about Congress leaders?-Part IX
Aadhaar: Why opposition ruled states are playing partner for biometric UID? -Part X
Is Nandan Nilekani acting as an agent of non-state actors? –Part XI
Aadhaar and UPA govt's obsession for private sector benefits–Part XII
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सोमवार, 2 दिसम्बर 2013
आधार कार्ड योजना से जुड़ी यूनीक आइडेंटिफिकेशन अथॉरिटी ऑफ इंडिया (यूआईडीएआई) न्यूयॉर्क की ऐसी टेक्नोलॉजी स्टार्ट-अप से करार करने वाली है, जिसे अमेरिकी खुफिया एजेंसी सीआईए से फंड मिलता है। अमेरिकी कंपनी मोंगोडीबी के सीईओ मैक्स शाइरेसन दो सप्ताह पहले इसी काम के लिए नई दिल्ली आए थे। अभी इस कॉन्ट्रैक्ट का ऐलान नहीं किया गया है। बताया जा रहा है कि मोंगोडीबी डेटा लेने और उसकी एनालिसिस में यूआईडीए को मदद देगी।
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स ने सवाल पूछा था कि समझौते पर आगे बढ़ने से पहले सीआईए वाले पहलू पर सोचा गया था या नहीं? इस पर न तो यूआईडीएआई और न ही मोंगोडीबी ने जवाब दिया।
यूआईडीएआई के एक सीनियर अधिकारी ने बताया कि मोंगोडीबी के साथ एग्रीमेंट किया गया है और कंपनी के डेटाबेस सॉफ्टवेयर का इस्तेमाल लोगों के रजिस्ट्रेशन की रफ्तार जांचने में पहले ही किया जा रहा है। यह अभी साफ नहीं है कि मोंगोडीबी की वेंडर रिलेशनशिप सीधे यूआईडी से होगी या यूआईडी के साथ काम करने वाले किसी सिस्टम इंटीग्रेटर से। बड़े डेटाबेस को मैनेज करने वाले सॉफ्टवेयर बनाने वाली मोंगोडीबी ने साल 2007 में काम शुरू किया था। इसने अब तक करीब 1400 करोड़ रुपये जुटाए हैं। इसे कुछ फंडिंग इन-क्यू-टेल से मिलती है, जो सीआईए की वेंचर कैपिटल इकाई है।
मोंगोडीबी यह तो बताती है कि उसके इनवेस्टर्स में इन-क्यू-टेल शामिल है, लेकिन इस बात का खुलासा नहीं करती है कि उसे इससे कितनी रकम मिली है। इन-क्यू-टेल के मिशन में कहा गया है कि वह सीआईए के अभियानों को सपोर्ट करने के लिए इनोवेटिव टेक्नोलॉजी सॉल्यूशंस को बढ़ावा देगी।
इसकी वेबसाइट पर कहा गया है कि इनवेस्टमेंट करने के बाद आईक्यूटी कंपनी और इंटेलिजेंस कम्युनिटी पार्टनर एजेंसी के साथ मिलकर काम करती है ताकि सॉल्यूशन की डिलीवरी की जा सके। एनएसए के साथ कॉन्ट्रैक्टर रह चुके और बाद में गड़बड़ियों का खुलासा करने वाले एडवर्ड स्नोडेन ने कहा था कि अमेरिकी खुफिया एजेंसियां यूरोप और एशिया में कम्युनिकेशंस पर नजर रखती हैं। भारत ने अब तक इस मामले पर चुप है। अभी यह साफ नहीं है कि भारत सरकारी एजेंसियों की ओर से होने वाली इंटरनेशनल साइबर स्नूपिंग पर अंकुश की मांग वाले यूनाइटेड नेशंस के प्रस्ताव पर हामी भरेगा या नहीं।
एक्सपर्ट्स का कहना है कि यूआईडी की सेंट्रलाइज्ड डिजाइन को देखते हुए जोखिम है। सेंटर फॉर इंटरनेट एंड सोसायटी के एग्जिक्यूटिव डायरेक्टर सुनील अब्राहम ने कहा कि सीआईए के जुड़ाव को देखते हुए जोखिम दो स्तरों पर है। पहला, अगर मोंगोडीबी डेटा कंट्रोलर है तो सीक्रेट कोड्स का इस्तेमाल डेटा तक पहुंच बनाने में हो सकता है। दूसरी बात यह है कि अगर मोंगोडीबी को यूआईडीएआई के डेटा सेंटर्स में एडमिनिस्ट्रेटर का दर्जा हासिल हो तो वह कुछ भी कर सकती है, यहां तक कि कभी भी पूरा सिस्टम ध्वस्त कर सकती है। उन्होंने कहा कि अगर यूआईडीएआई मोंगोडीबी से कमर्शियल रिलेशनशिप बनाए बगैर केवल सोर्स कोड का उपयोग करे तो भी उसे सोर्स कोड का ऑडिट करना चाहिए कि इसे बैक डोर से सीआईए ने तो पेश नहीं किया है। अब्राहम ने कहा कि स्नोडेन के खुलासे को देखते हुए यह जरूरी है।
लिजन जोसेफ, बेंगलुरु
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शुक्रवार, 15 नवम्बर 2013
The Stalkers: Amit Shah’s Illegal Surveillance Exposed
November 15, 2013Audio tapes reveal the illegal surveillance of a young woman from Bangalore in 2009 ordered by Amit Shah for his “Saheb”. The police followed her inside malls, restaurants, gyms, even when she visited relatives, went to see her mother at a hospital, took a flight or checked into a hotel.
by Ashish Khetan and Raja Chowdhury
An important covenant in a democracy is that those voted to power shall protect the weak and the vulnerable. That is why when the system fails to protect a Nirbhaya or do justice to a Jessica Lal or protect the children of Nithari, even the most compromising among us take to the streets and demand a reckoning. That is why we collectively called for stricter laws and swifter punishment for crime against women and children in the wake of the brutal Delhi gangrape.
This story is, however, not about the inadequacies of the system or its indifference. It is far more sordid. This story is about the misuse of police machinery and powers of the State by a top minister in the Gujarat government to stalk a young woman from Bangalore, subjecting her to constant surveillance for reasons not immediately apparent.
Gujarat IPS officer G.L. Singhal, who is an accused in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case (Ishrat was killed, along with three others, by Gujarat Police in 2004) and out on bail, has handed over hundreds of recorded telephonic conversations to the CBI revealing how three key wings of the Gujarat Police—the State Intelligence Bureau, also known as CID Intelligence, the Crime Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Squad—misused their powers to stalk an unmarried young woman from Bangalore, who had her parents staying in Gujarat.
The entire surveillance-cum-phone interception operation was mounted in August 2009 on oral orders, without any valid legal authorization, and was meant only to serve the interests of someone whom the then minister of state for home, Amit Shah, addressed as ‘saheb’.
The illegal spying operation in which Singhal has confessed to his key role was initiated on the instructions of Shah sometime in the month of August 2009 and continued for several weeks thereafter. The 267 audio recordings submitted to the CBI primarily contain telephonic conversations between Shah and Singhal, who was at the time posted as SP with ATS. In at least half a dozen conversations, Shah is alluding to his saheb’s acute personal interest in the snooping of the woman. The conversations suggest Shah was passing minute-by-minute details gathered through this snooping operation to his ‘saheb’. A close confidant of Narendra Modi, Shah held his office as Minister of State for Home for seven years between 2003 and 2010. Modi besides being the CM has also been Gujarat’s home minister since October 2001. Shah was arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in 2010 and is out on bail, looking after BJP’s poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Investigative news portals Gulail and Cobrapost have accessed both the entire set of recordings and the three explosive self-incriminatory statements given by Singhal before the CBI between April and June this year. We also have the 10-page panchnama prepared by the CBI, as the agency took possession of the phone recordings from Singhal. All conversations were recorded by Singhal who at that time was close to Shah. Apparently, it was only after the CBI arrested him in the Ishrat Jahan killing case in February this year that he cracked up and chose to cooperate with the CBI.
To protect the identity of the victim, we have decided to not reveal her name or present location. For the purpose of this story, we call her Madhuri.
Along with Madhuri, a senior IAS officer from Gujarat named Pradeep Sharma was also put on watch, illegally.
“In the latter half of 2009, when I was posted as SP (Operations) in the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) at Ahmedabad, Shri Amit Shah had directed me several times to watch the movements of Shri Pradeep Sharma, who was then posted as Municipal Commissioner, Bhavnagar. He had also asked me to put a watch on a young woman named Madhuri. I had deputed some men of the Crime Branch (as ATS was short of subordinate staff) to follow her, as directed by Shri Amit Shah,” reads Singhal’s statement recorded by the CBI on April 17, 2013, a copy of which is with us. Singhal was released on bail in the last week of May 2013.
On June 9, 2013, Singhal handed over the phone recordings to the CBI. “In furtherance of my statement dated 17.04.2013, I statethat I have produced today before you the following: A pen drive containing 267 call recordings in the month of August–September 2009 (beginning 04.08.2009 and ending 10.09.2009) between me and Shri Amit Shah primarily, barring some between me and Shri A.K. Sharma, me and Shri Vaishnav (DySP CID Intelligence), and me and Shri Rajendra Asari (then SP Bhavnagar). These conversations pertain to watching the young woman Madhuri at Ahmedabad and watching Shri Pradeep Sharma.”
In the last paragraph on page 8 of panchnama prepared by the CBI on July 9, 2013, the agency says: “Shri G.L. Singhal informed that these files contain telephonic conversation between him and Shri Amit Shah, the then MoS (Home), Gujarat State in the month of August and September 2009 relating to misuse of the police for extra legal purposes in miscarriage of justice.”
Singhal’s statements and phone recordings are now part of the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case papers.
The tapes indicate that for at least over a month the Gujarat Police apparatus used its sweeping powers to rigorously monitor every private moment, every personal conversation and every daily movement of Madhuri. Singhal has told the CBI that the surveillance was illegal and was carried out only on the oral instructions of Shah. The recordings reveal that Madhuri was tailed even as she visited shopping malls, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, gyms, cinema halls, hotels and airports. She was followed even when she visited her ailing mother in a hospital in Ahmedabad. When she boarded a flight out of Ahmedabad, orders were issued to put cops on the flight so that she was not out of sight even when she was flying. Strict orders were given to closely observe and profile those who met her. Shah was particularly interested in knowing the men she was meeting and whether she was alone or with some man when she checked into a hotel in Ahmedabad. Her phones and that of her family and friends were tapped. Every bit of information was conveyed to Shah in real time, who in turn claimed to be relaying it to his ‘saheb’. Listening to the conversations leaves no doubt that the people involved in the operation knew who this ‘saheb’ was.
Such was the importance attached to the surveillance operation that many senior state police officials were instructed to personally supervise the movements and activities of the woman. Besides Singhal, who was at that time posted as a Superintendent of Police with the ATS, the then IG (Intelligence) A.K. Sharma, the then Deputy SP (CID Intelligence) DB Vaishnav and then DCP (Crime) Abhay Chudasama were some of the other senior officers who were roped in for the operation. At present, Sharma is posted as Joint Commissioner of Crime in Ahmedabad city. While Vaishnav has retired, Chudasama is cooling his heels in jail on charges of stage-managing the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter.
The phone recordings in possession of the CBI primarily contain conversations between Singhal and Shah. Some conversations are between Singhal and other state police officers such as A.K. Sharma, Vaishnav and the then Bhavnagar SP Rajendra Asari. All conversations were recorded by Singhal between August 4, 2009 and September 6, 2009.
At many places in the tapes, Shah can be heard complaining that Singhal’s men were not doing a thorough job as ‘saheb’ was obtaining information about her movements from his independent sources and his information network was at times more efficient than that of Shah.
For instance, on August 9, Shah in a panicky call to Singhal said, “I talked to Saheb and he got to know from someone that they did go outside twice. I think our men are not watching properly. They are still there. They went for shopping as well and also moved out along with that boy who came to see her.” ………….
A little later, Shah again rings up Singhal to say, “Today they are going out for a meal in a hotel. Sahib received a phone about this. So watch out as she is going with someone. It is the boy who is coming to see her. Pay proper attention. The fact is that Saheb gets all the information, so the thing is that our loopholes might get found out. (if our input is late).”
The tapes also reveal that Shah had instructed Singhal to mount surveillance on a senior IAS officer, Pradeep Sharma, and tap his phones to find out if he was meeting with Madhuri—something that Singhal has also admitted before the CBI. Unaware of the existence of these tapes, Sharma had independently filed a writ petitionin the Supreme Court in May 2011 alleging that he was being framed in bogus corruption cases by the Gujarat government and the reason for this was Chief Minister Narendra Modi association with a young woman. I It now emerges from Singhal’s statements and tapes that the name of the woman mentioned by Sharma in his petition is the same as the name of the woman who was kept under watch by Shah and Co. At several places in the tapes, both Shah and Singhal have named the woman leaving no doubt about her identity.
The question then arises whether it is just a co-incidence that the name of the woman Sharma alleges to have been associated with Modi matches with that of the woman put under surveillance. Or, there is something more to it than meets the eye?
In one of the phone recordings, Shah is also heard telling Singhal to put a man, who was meeting Madhuri, behind bars for a period longer than served by former DIG of ATS D.G. Vanzara who has been in jail since 2007 on charges of a slew of fake encounter killings. When the conversation between Shah and Singhal took place, Vanzara had already been in jail for more than two years. What is significant is that within three months of this surveillance operation, Sharma was arrested by the state police on various corruption charges in the wee hours of January 1, 2010.
The disclosures in the Singhal–Shah tapes raise several disturbing questions. Who wanted Madhuri to be watched and why? Why were Madhuri and Sharma snooped around at the same time? Is it a co-incidence that within three months of this snooping, Sharma was arrested on corruption charges?
Why the cops from the ATS, CID Intelligence and the Crime Branch, whose job is to protect the life of ordinary citizens, were used instead to snoop around a woman, who was not wanted in any crime and did not pose any threat to law and order. Not once did any officer involved object to the blatant illegality involved in the surveillance-cum-phone interception operation or expressed displeasure for violating an individual’s privacy. It needs to be remembered that Singhal has clearly stated before the CBI that the entire snooping operation was illegal. The explanation that it was being done for Shah’s ‘saheb’ was a good enough for the top police officials such as Singhal to toe the line. The question is who Shah’s ‘saheb’ was and what were his motives?
The tapes also reveal how phone tapping guidelines as laid down by the Supreme Court in several landmark cases were blatantly violated. It also brings the telecom companies under a cloud, as they willingly obliged the Gujarat Police to tap the phones, without any valid legal orders or written permission.
In his statements, besides accusing politicians like Shah, Singhal has incriminated himself. He has confessed to have played a part in planting arms on the person of Ishrat Jahan and three others. He also disclosed that D.G. Vanzara had told him that the killings of Ishrat Jahan and her associates were cleared by “safed” and “kali” dadhis, the alleged code names that Vanzara had, respectively, for Modi and Shah—a charge which has to be proved in a court of law.
Singhal has also provided a 70-minute audio recording of a meeting held in the office of Gujarat Advocate General Kamal Trivedi and attended by two of Modi’s ministers— Pratapsinh Jadeja (MoS, Law) and Praful Patel (MoS, Home)—and an ex-cabinet minister, Bhupender Chudasama. In the meeting, Singhal and his co-accused in the Ishrat Jahan killing were assured of the best possible legal protection by the State. According to Singhal, expensive encrypted cell phones were purchased and distributed to select government officials like G.C. Murmu (Secretary to Chief Minister), P.P. Pandey (suspended ADG of Gujarat Police and now prime accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case), A.K. Sharma (JCP, Ahmedabad city) and Singhal himself, who could then discuss over these secured phone lines the tactics of subverting the investigations into encounter killings.
Singhal has further revealed in detail how he was used to threaten two key prosecution witnesses against Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. The witnesses were threatened in the presence of Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, a senior member of the ruling party and a former minister. Thus reads his statement given to the CBI on April 17, 20013,“Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama had stated that he had directions from the Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi for these two witnesses to turn hostile, in lieu of which he had stated that the Chief Minister had promised all protection and immunity”.
Since people like Shah and Chudasama constantly reassured him that their actions had Modi’s blessings, Singhal indulged in various illegal activities. Says Singhal in his statement to the CBI, “I restate the fact that previously I had been coerced to participate in and help in certain activities intended to obstruct the process of law. Although illegal, unethical and improper, I had not declined to follow instructions because I was under a cloud in this case and Shri Amit Shah used to wield his authority by making it appear that I and my subordinate officers were being protected from incarceration by his and the Chief Minister’s efforts”.
At this point of time, Gulail and Cobrapost have no means to independently verify these charges.
Whether Singhal’s statements and evidence stand the scrutiny of the courts or not, they nonetheless reveal a chilling modus operandi of the Modi regime. Officers like Singhal who were willing to do all the dirty work would take instructions from Shah who would freely use Modi’s name and mandate them to indulge in all kinds of criminal activities. The question arises was all this happening without Modi’s knowledge? Is Madhuri the only private citizen to have fallen victim to the state’s secret surveillance? How many more people—political opponents, human rights activists, journalists, witnesses, police officers—have been snooped around? One also wonders how did the snooping operation on Madhuri end? Why did Singhal record his conversations with Shah for just over a month and not beyond that? How the information procured about her was put to use?
This is a closet that only opens from the inside. Singhal has cranked it open, but just a bit. Perhaps, the full scale of illegal snooping that may have gone on for years in Gujarat will never be fully known.
Ashish Khetan is Editor, Gulail.com and Raja Chowdhury is Senior Correspondent, Cobrapost.com
Below are some of the transcripts of the audio files submitted by GL Singhal to the CBI
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*** G.L. Singhal: Sir Singhal speaking Amit Shah: JI G.L. Singhal: Sir the thing is. I just got the information from the company and the location at 14:29 is at that very place, I mean 2:29pm Amit Shah: She must have gone. Saheb comes to know of everything. G.L. Singhal: No Sir! Amit Shah: She must have gone. Saheb comes to know of every thing. G.L. Singhal: Sir our men are there and I am continuously checking the location with the mobile company Amit Shah: Does the location remain in the same vicinity? G.L. Singhal: Yes sir, Sir Tower remains the same and the cell ID is also the same Amit Shah: Ok *** Amit Shah: This evening the person is supposed to leave. That is the info with Sahib, I mean……. G.L.Singhal: Yes Sir….the lady isn’t it sir? Amit Shah: Check out what flight it could be in the evening…. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…. I will check it out Amit Shah: May be GoAir and has that man reached Bhavnagar ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…he has. I have checked out his location . He reached last night. Amit Shah: If this girl is going to Mumbai make sure he does not go to Mumbai G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…..right sir….. Amit Shah: Did you understand? and check out the evening flight schedule *** Amit Shah: Singhal Amit here… G.L. Singhal: Sir…… Amit Shah: Any further leads? G.L. Singhal: No sir, I have told him he will check and revert Amit Shah: No because Saheb, has been calling repeatedly G.L. Singhal: No he will inform me sir, that may take 10 or 15 minutes Amit Shah: What happened at the airport? G.L. Singhal: Sir that boy dropped her off and left, our men are still there, another 10 minutes before flight takes off…. Amit Shah: hmmm…. *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal G.L. Singhal: Sir, I have seen the place and the hotel as well. Men are well deployed and all arrangements have been made. The moment she leaves, she will be followed. One man is on the main road and another in the front. Amit Shah: But get it checked whether she is inside or not? G.L. Singhal: Sir I will have that verified Amit Shah: Have it confirmed and inform…. G.L. Singhal: Sir, according to the interception information she has extended her stay by a day Amit Shah: That is ok but is she inside? G.L. Singhal: Sure… sir Amit Shah: I am in a meeting with Saheb G.L. Singhal: Ok ok… Amit Shah: So if I am with Saheb, just send across the message ‘’the guests are inside’’ G.L. Singhal: Ok ok… *** Amit Shah: I talked to Saheb and he got to know from someone that they did go outside twice. I think our men are not watching properly. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: They are still there. They went for shopping as well G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: And also moved out along with that boy who came to see her……. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…… Security has been placed in such a way that our men have to go there ostensibly to make enquiry about car insurance. But our men keep going there every now and then. They are not letting our men sit inside. Amit Shah: But there are only two doors ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. Amit Shah: But they even went for shopping…. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir., they might have gone in tinted glass car so our men might have missed. Anyhow I will again tell the people deployed. Amit Shah: Search the number of the car. G.L.Singhal: Ok sir. *** Amit Shah: Singhal… Amit here. Keep a thorough watch . G.L. Singhal: Sir we have a man posted in the hotel parking area, a man outside and one more man deployed. Amit Shah: They are still inside G.L. Singhal: Till now they have not come out so they are probably inside Amit Shah: Today they are going out for lunch in a hotel. G.L. Singhal: Right… right Amit Shah: Saheb received a phone about this. G.L. Singhal: Ok… ok… Amit Shah: So watch out as she is going with someone. G.L. Singhal: Sir… Amit Shah: It is the boy who is coming to see her. G.L. Singhal: Ok… ok… Amit Shah: The fact is that Saheb gets all the information, so the thing is that our loopholes might get found out. G.L. Singhal: Of course….of course Amit Shah: So you please… G.L. Singhal: Sir I will personally go and see the arrangements for myself Amit Shah: Better you go there once and see for yourself G.L. Singhal: Sir I am nearby and will reach there in 10 minutes. *** Amit Shah: Singhal… Any updates ? G.L. Singhal: Sir, she has left the hotel and now she is going back towards Prahlad Nagar Amit Shah: How are your relations with SP Bhavnagar? G.L. Singhal: Good enough Sir!! Amit Shah: Check whether the Commissioner is at her home or would be coming here G.L. Singhal: Ok sir… Amit Shah: Municipal Commissioner… G.L. Singhal: Ok sir… *** R.Asari: I am fine sir G.L.Singhal: Fine ? R.Asari: Yes sir G.L.Singhal: Some secretive work needs to be done R.Asari: Sir G.L.Singhal: Would you please tell me the location of our BMC, Municipal Commissioner secretively ? R.Asari: Sharma sir’s location G.L.Singhal: hmm R.Asari: Ok, I will check it sir G.L.Singhal: But secretively, ok R.Asari: Yes yes… yes sir G.L.Singhal: Ok R.Asari: Yes sir… yes sir *** G.L.Singhal:: Sir namaste sir Amit Shah:: What happened at night ? G.L.Singhal: Sir at night she was with the boy in his car till around 12:30 to 1 am. She reached hotel at 1 am. She reached hotel at 1 am. And regarding the inquiry to be made at Bhavnagar, till I got the message very late so did not disturb you, He is there only in Bhavnagar Amit Shah: Keep a watch on him G.L.Singhal: Since 8 am my men are on the job. I have asked for the location so that we come to know. Amit Shah: Take the local numbers of her hotel G.L.Singhal: Yes sir I have been told that her hotel reservation is till today only, the 11th Amit Shah: I understand *** Amit Shah: That man had gone from Bhavnagar to Mumbai and is back here. In connection with the matter... G.L.Singhal: Ok sir Amit Shah: We are watching him also. G.L.Singhal: Yes Yes… Amit Shah: So today deploy 8 to 10 men firstly, that man is going to stay at Kuldip’s house… There … then he has called a Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation car. G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes Amit Shah: And the---- matter… keep a watch the whole night. G.L.Singhal: Right… Amit Shah: Call for men G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes Amit Shah: As he will stay here for a day or two and try to begin with her tactics. G.L.Singhal: Right… Amit Shah: I have their conversation and know the nature of their relationship G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes Amit Shah: Get more men or some of your confidants G.L.Singhal: Sir I have called two three men from the crime department Amit Shah: Two three IB men to watch the other side G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir Amit Shah: And some IB men to intercept calls in the night are to be posted inside. G.L.Singhal: Yes… yes sir *** Amit Shah: Amit this side… G.L.Singhal: Yes … Amit Shah: Did you talk ? G.L.Singhal: Sir I did and according to him surveillance cannot be done at Shahibagh by his men Amit Shah: No no… it can be done from a distance, what is happening, where his car is etc etc… G.L.Singhal: Sir… I have talked to them but even then I’ll talk again. Amit Shah: Or you deploy one of our men there. G.L.Singhal: Ok Sir… Amit Shah: Then ? G.L.Singhal: I just checked his mobile location and it shows in Bhavnagar. *** Amit Shah: He must have left the instrument there, he was in Mumbai. G.L.Singhal: Ok Sir… Amit Shah: You check it out G.L.Singhal: Sure sir… Amit Shah: He must have left the phone at home. G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir… Amit Shah: He has an additional number G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir… Amit Shah: I will ask AK Sharma to give it to you G.L.Singhal: I have taken three numbers from him and two are showing location in Bhavnagar and I have to check the third one. Amit Shah: Two at Bhavnagar ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Check the third also. G.L.Singhal: Yes I will check it. Amit Shah: And where is the lady? G.L.Singhal: She is sitting at Navrangpura near Have More. Amit Shah:: With that boy only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. With that boy Amit Shah:: I want him in jail for as many days as Vanjara has been jailed for. G.L.Singhal: Yes yes. Amit Shah: You be courageous and strong. G.L.Singhal: Undoubtedly sir… Amit Shah: No matter how big the person, put him in jail G.L.Singhal: Right sir *** Amit Shah: Singhal, Amit this side G.L.Singhal: Sir Amit Shah: They have left ? G.L.Singhal: No sir, not yet, they are about to leave in around 10-15 minutes Amit Shah: So…did they go for lunch or something ? G.L.Singhal: No,no they are still at the theater Amit Shah: Still at theater, no ? G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Ok, please be vigilant at night *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal G.L.Singhal: Sir, she would be coming at around 5:40 Amit Shah: No, no G.L.Singhal: Sir I got a message from Vaishnav that the flight has been changed and that she would be coming now at around 5:40, so I have stationed our men as well sir Amit Shah: Oh, is it ? G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: How did Vaishnav come to know ? G.L.Singhal: Sir, he told me that he got a message that the flight would arrive at 5:40 so our men have been stationed at all the places Amit Shah: Ok…Vaishnav is also working on this? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Who all are there ? G.L.Singhal: Sir those two people…one is Prabhat Singh and another is Prasad… Amit Shah: Hmm…hmm hmm G.L.Singhal: These three people work for me Amit Shah: And Vaishnav is also there ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal… G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Who is going to takecare of the phone ? G.L.Singhal: Sir it will be activated once she is here. So I will take care of that Amit Shah: Vaishnav is not taking care of that, isn’t it G.L.Singhal: No no sir Amit Shah:Hmm G.L.Singhal: There is one Dahbi…sir Amit Shah: Oh, ok G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Don’t let Vaishnav do that work, ok ? G.L.Singhal: Not at all sir Amit Shah: Huh ??? G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes sir Amit Shah: And…you yourself also keep a tab. G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes sure sir Amit Shah: So that we are well informed G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes sir sir sir Amit Shah: And…you got that thing ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir, I have got it Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal: Yes yes *** Amit Shah: Singhal, Amit this side G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Please keep a proper tab of the phone G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir….. Amit Shah: Whether it has been switched on G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir…..actually sir GoAir arrives at 5:40 and Indigo arrives at 8:20 Amit Shah: She is travelling by Indigo only G.L.Singhal: yes yes sir, sir Amit Shah: From Bangalore to….Ahmedabad G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir Amit Shah: Ok ? G.L.Singhal: Sure sir Amit Shah: And the people with the placard…. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir, everything has been arranged Amit Shah: No, no….I mean ask him in advance the hotel’s name G.L.Singhal: yes yes sir Amit Shah: So in case she escapes, we can keep a vigil at the hotel G.L.Singhal: Right right sir Amit Shah: Ok ? G.L.Singhal: yes yes sir Amit Shah: Ask him from which hotel has he come… G.L.Singhal: yes yes sir Amit Shah: ---- is the name G.L.Singhal: yes yes sir sir sir sir Amit Shah: It would be either ---- or ---- G.L.Singhal: Yes yes sir Amit Shah: It could be written in either way G.L.Singhal: sir, sir, sir, sir, sir, sir, yes *** G.L.Singhal: She is at Ginger Amit Shah: Yes, she is at Ginger G.L.Singhal: Yes, I am trying to establish some link with the manager. Till tomorrow morning I would be able to find some. Amit Shah: Alright and a close watch should be kept there regarding who all are coming and going ok G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes Amit Shah: Room number and also who visits her and if she is going out with somebody G.L.Singhal: Sure sure sure sir Amit Shah: Increase the force as well G.L.Singhal: Yes yes yes Amit Shah: Car as well as scooter G.L.Singhal: Yes yes, yes yes sir Amit Shah: Ok *** Amit Shah: Any information ? G.L.Singhal: I have deployed people. If any movement would be noticed we will come to know. Amit Shah: Take the details of room such as the room number and who booked it. G.L.Singhal: I will get it sir. Amit Shah: Hmmm…. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. Amit Shah: They have vehicles? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. They have vehicles Amit Shah: keep a watch. *** Amit Shah: Any news ? G.L.Singhal: Sir she is about to go towards Safal at 11:30. Amit Shah: What is there that has to be seen and who is there in B block. G.L.Singhal: One person has been deployed there but no one is allowed to go inside without the permission of security. But that person is in such a position that he can hear everything. It is being asked to every visitor the person whom he or she wishes to visit Amit Shah: Hmm…, Is there any guest house inside ? G.L.Singhal: No sir it is entirely residential. Amit Shah: See if there is anything like guest house. G.L.Singhal: I will check sir… ok ? Amit Shah: Ok… , She is still there only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. She has not yet left from here Amit Shah: Get the vehicle number G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. *** G.L.Singhal: Sir Amit Shah: Yes ? G.L.Singhal: Sir, there is one Mahendra, his home is there. She is there now Amit Shah: Hmm hmm hmm G.L.Singhal: It is in the name of Sarojben, Saroj Mahendrabhai….? Amit Shah: Name….Saroj Mahendrabhai…? G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: But some Mahendrabhai …lives there ? G.L.Singhal: Yes. I talked to Sharma sir and he told me that she often talks to him Amit Shah: Hmm hmm ok G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal:Yes *** Amit Shah: What is the location right now ? G.L.Singhal: At that place only and no significant movement as yet. I have just reached office Amit Shah: Hmm… G.L.Singhal: Yes…. Amit Shah: Where is she now ? G.L.Singhal: She is there only. She has not moved yet, yes sir… Amit Shah: Who is there has to be searched. G.L.Singhal: The thing is that she came here to meet someone and it is heard that there is something pertaining to engagement and for that she came to meet that boy. Amit Shah: Hmm…And on phone ? G.L.Singhal: It is heard on phone that I will come at 11:30 and that call him at that time. Amit Shah: At that man’s place ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. At his place. She received call at 8:30 am and was asked that at what time she would be coming . She said she will calln in the afternoon or evening but then she called on her own and said she will come at 11:30.The boy may be called. Amit Shah: Hmm…., so all these talks are of before 11:00. G.L.Singhal: Sir I tracked till the end but no calls were made after 3 Amit Shah: So phone is off after 3? What were the other calls made before 3:00 ? G.L.Singhal: Sir it seems that 2-3 calls were by her to her Banglore colleagues--- “where are you” and “did you reach safely?” All that..And some talks about hotel reservation. Amit Shah: Are they talking in Gujarati ? G.L.Singhal: No sir in English. Amit Shah: And any talks with her family ? G.L.Singhal: She talked to her mother and she had probably some altercations with her sister. She told her mother that make her understand and I am going to meet that boy today or later whatever it may be. I’ll let you know Amit Shah: So her father and mother are not in picture about her meeting with that boy. G.L.Singhal: No sir she talks very rudely with her mother. Amit Shah: Hmm… And who is that Mahendrabhai ? G.L.Singhal: That has to be checked. Our men are deployed at both front and rear gates. But it does not appear that he is her relative but he might be in her group. Amit Shah: Hmm…, Deploy some persons at his place. G.L.Singhal: Yes… Amit Shah: Ok… G.L.Singhal: Yes… Amit Shah: And who else called? G.L.Singhal: 2-3 calls are from Bangalore. She is asked where is she. She calls up the hotel and takes the address and tells that they are about 70 kms away. She goes to the hotel and again receives a call from Bangalore. And at 2:35 am one call is made in English and that also appears to be from Bangalore. Amit Shah: What is the call all about ? G.L.Singhal: She tells that “I am exhausted” and I will talk tomorrow. Amit Shah: Hmm…. G.L.Singhal: And her another Reliance number is also placed on tracking but the recorded conversation have not yet been recorded into files. She tells the caller from Bangalore that she will call from her Reliance number Amit Shah: Hmm…, hmm…, So check that reliance number. G.L.Singhal: Sir I checked but no calls are reflecting as yet. Amit Shah: Hmm…, Check with the company. G.L.Singhal: Sir I talked to Harish but he told there is some problem in Mumbai server. Amit Shah: Hmm, so she is in the flat only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Anything special on other phones ? G.L.Singhal: No sir…nothing as such Amit Shah: How many files are there ?(of recorded phone conversations) G.L.Singhal: Around…sir…22-24 files are there. 2 files are repeating so 22 files are there. Amit Shah: 22 files. Okay *** Amit Shah: Where is that woman right now ? G.L.Singhal: She is there only. She hasn’t come out yet . Amit Shah: Please check it. It doesn’t seem to be possible. G.L.Singhal: I checked the location at 6 and she was still there Amit Shah: Enquire about it. Our men are there only isn’t it ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. 3 men are there Amit Shah: Ask about it and let me know G.L.Singhal: Sir…sir *** G.L.Singhal: Sir Amit Shah: Hello…. G.L.Singhal: Sir she is still there only Amit Shah: Yes yes yes G.L.Singhal: I talked to Vaishnav and he confirmed that no calls have been received as yet Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Ok then G.L.Singhal: Sure Amit Shah: Its hasn’t been switched off, isn’t it ? G.L.Singhal: No sir. One call was received now and she said she’ll talk later Amit Shah: Hmm hmm hmm G.L.Singhal: Yes *** G.L.Singhal: Sir till 7:30 his location is there only Amit Shah: But You have asked him as our people ? G.L.Singhal: From company, sir Amit Shah: What did your men tell ? G.L.Singhal: Our men are saying that she came down at 5:30 along with one boy aged around 35 Amit Shah: Hmm G.L.Singhal: And went back upstairs Amit Shah: Hmm G.L.Singhal: We have deployed men at hotel as well, at both the places Amit Shah: Is there only one door or any other than that ? G.L.Singhal: There are two doors and men deployed at both the doors at the hotel as well Amit Shah: They should not escape in closed car. G.L.Singhal: We will come to know sir and in case they come out, we will be informed by our men deployed at the hotel Amit Shah: Ok G.L.Singhal: Yes *** Vaishnav: Yes sir yes G.L.Singhal: What is the strategy now? Saheb told me that you have made certain arrangements Vaishnav: Saheb told me that, that lady is going to fly from Bangalore at 20:20 G.L.Singhal: Alright Vaishnav: And she will go to Hotel Grand Bhagwati G.L.Singhal: Ok Vaishnav: So I asked him what about that so he told me that he wanted to know the details. So he said that the flight will arrive at 20:20 G.L.Singhal: Alright Vaishnav: He asked me to take the flight list G.L.Singhal: Hmm… hmm… hmm… Vaishnav: Passenger list…. G.L.Singhal: Hmm…hmm… Vaishnav: And my man would be stationed there so when the Hotel Grand Bhagwati’s car arrives… G.L.Singhal: Yes…alright.. Vaishnav: Whenever the car comes, a man would be there with the placard G.L.Singhal: Hmm…hmm… Vaishnav: We should trail the car till Grand Bhagwati. So we get the information till Grand Bhagwati G.L.Singhal: Alright…. Vaishnav: Rest of the information about inside Grand Bhagwati would be a bit difficult to attain G.L.Singhal: Hmm…hmm… Vaishnav: So he asked me to do this much and I said that we will do it G.L.Singhal: Hmm…hmm… Vaishnav: So he said that Singhal Saheb will talk to me later and I said ok G.L.Singhal: Alright. So I will send 2 of our men to you Vaishnav: Yes G.L.Singhal: They will be with them and then there wherever they would stay if any movement is there, they will keep us informed Vaishnav: Yes sir…. G.L.Singhal: Alright? Vaishnav: Yes yes ….. *** At Home: Amit Shah: Where are you ? G.L.Singhal: At office Sir Amit Shah: Which Office ? G.L.Singhal: Here Sir, at Shahibagh Amit Shah: Please come to my Bunglow in an hour G.L.Singhal: Yes Sir, Ok *** Amit Shah: They haven’t come out, isn’t it ? G.L.Singhal: NO sir, they are still there. Our man is also deployed there and he has been informed to follow them and also keep a vigil on all circumstances whether they move out in car or an auto rickshaw. Amit Shah: Ok *** Amit Shah: Singhal, did you check ? G.L. Singhal: Sir our men have reached there. No movement reported as yet. Amit Shah: Check whether they are there or not ? G.L. Singhal: Actually we also tried to lay a trap at night pretending to be calling from a travel agency and asked whether a guest called Nancy D’Souza is staying in that room ? But they confirmed that no one with that name is staying with them but they told that someone called ----- is staying in that room. But that girl is so clever that when she was returning from the airport someone gave her a missed call then she called back on that number and started asking who has called. But it was told that it was a public booth. She started asking who had called and how was his/her appearance. Amit Shah: Hmm G.L. Singhal: And again we tried to confirm whether there was someone else in her room or not at around 11:00 pm. Amit Shah: Hmm… hmm… G.L. Singhal: Then she gave two missed calls on that number Amit Shah: Okay. And the other thing is that it is required to take the bill print of this number and that 240 number. So what to do? G.L. Singhal: Sir…Hmm… Amit Shah: Mr. Sharma has come today ? G.L. Singhal: Yes sir. But this number is a Bangalore number Amit Shah: Hmm… G.L. Singhal: So… I will talk to Saheb about how can this be done Amit Shah: Ok… G.L. Singhal: I will try to fix up someone in the (telecom) company. Amit Shah: Yes *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal... G.L. Singhal: Sir they have reached at the same place as yesterday. Amit Shah: Home ? G.L. Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: They didn't go in afternoon. G.L. Singhal: They were there only at the hotel the whole day. Amit Shah: Please get it verified properly. G.L. Singhal: Sir… I have already called for a car. And sir I will make it placed below the block itself along with the car and our men. Amit Shah: Ok… G.L. Singhal: So that the entire inside movement inside is known to us. Amit Shah: Please arrange for extra force on motorcycle as well. G.L. Singhal: Sir… I have positioned (men on) two motorcycles and a person is sent in a car. They will reach in 10 minutes. Amit Shah: Okay *** Amit Shah: That lady’s mother’s operation is going to take place at Sterling 328 G.L.Singhal: Yes Sir…they have left and are going towards Sterling only. Amit Shah: Alright… G.L.Singhal: Yes Sir.. Amit Shah: In 328… ok ? G.L.Singhal: Yes Sir *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal…what news ? G.L. Singhal: They are there only, Sir. Amit Shah: In sterling. G.L. Singhal: Yes sir. *** Amit Shah: Yes… G.L.Singhal: Sir she has just left with the boy who came yesterday Amit Shah: Hmm… G.L.Singhal: And they are at the Coffee Day near Shyamal Chaar Raasta. Amit Shah: That means… from the hospital ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir… from the hospital, she is now with boy who came in Skoda car at the Coffee day near Shyamal Amit Shah: Ok… G.L.Singhal: Secondly sir… I have also asked for the CD of CCTV Footage of four five hotels there. And sir I also called for cctv camera footage that are installed near hotels on highway. Amit Shah: Yes sir… *** Amit Shah: May be she has some parallel arrangements elsewhere am I clear….. So get a bill print of her land line now. You may get some local numbers. Understand. Keep her under complete vigil and call 2 -3 men from ATS and crime branch and watch her round the clock G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: Means….please don’t doze off at night….. G.L.Singhal: Sir can I talk to Chudasama and get an officer from him? I can't trust the ATS men Amit Shah: Tell Chudasama that I have said so and this has to be done! G.L.Singhal: Yes sir *** Amit Shah: She is with that boy or with family ? G.L.Singhal: With that boy sir Amit Shah: The boy is also there ? G.L.Singhal: No one else, just that girl sir…….. Amit Shah: What is the name of restaurant ? G.L.Singhal: That restaurant has opened recently only in front of Havmor. Amit Shah: Havmor which Havmor? G.L.Singhal: Havmor which is behind the Navarangpura bus stand sir….. *** Amit Shah: They have reached hospital isn’t it? G.L.Singhal: I will check it sir….our man is there at the Hospital only. Amit Shah: Ask those who are following them. Whether they are there at the Hospital. G.L.Singhal: I will right away ask it. Amit Shah: They were about to go along with the brother and sister in law for lunch. G.L.Singhal: Sure sir…..i will ask about it as well…. Amit Shah: Please let me know after enquiring about both the places… *** G.L.Singhal: Sir she reached hotel in Santro car. Amit Shah: Santro car ? G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Take the number of Santro. G.L.Singhal: Ok I will take Amit Shah: What about that man ? G.L.Singhal: His location is coming Shahibagh now Amit Shah: Weren’t they followed from the hotel ? G.L.Singhal: Our men were behind only sir. They have just reached. Amit Shah: I will go via hospital. See if they come down at night. How many persons are deployed there ? G.L.Singhal: Three persons are behind them. Amit Shah: What time ? G.L.Singhal: Sir, hotel, we have 3 persons Amit Shah: Arrange something different in morning, they should not escape. G.L.Singhal: Sir our three people deployed behind them are intelligent. So it is better to continue with them only. Amit Shah: They should sleep one by one G.L.Singhal: Ya I will see to this Amit Shah: Do everything okay G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…. *** Amit Shah: Yes Singhal G.L. Singhal: Sir, Namaste… Amit Shah: Yes, Singhal G.L. Singhal: Sir they came to the hotel at 11 night and in hotel only right now. Amit Shah: No one came to meet ? G.L. Singhal: No sir. *** G.L.Singhal: Sir they have gone to Debark mall to watch movie. Reached just now… For 8:30 pm show Amit Shah: Ok Where is this Debark ? G.L.Singhal: Near Fun Republic Amit Shah: Who else is accompanying ? G.L.Singhal: Sir there is another girl and one boy in blue T-shirt. 3 of them. Amit Shah: Keep a watch after the show is over. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir… *** G.L.Singhal: There only and no movement. Amit Shah: They may go in rickshaw G.L.Singhal: No sir… our men are at the parking only besides our car in the parking, that Honda city number 9495 is also in the parking… Amit Shah: She may take a rickshaw G.L.Singhal: It would be easier to follow her in case she tries and go by rickshaw since she will have to walk until approach road to take rickshaw. Amit Shah: See that alights near lift G.L.Singhal: Ok sir… *** G.L.Singhal: Ya sir… they are there only. Amit Shah: They are about to leave tomorrow morning or evening. G.L.Singhal: Right Amit Shah: Check out which flight is booked ? G.L.Singhal: All flights to Bangalore are in morning only. I have got it checked Amit Shah: Any in afternoon ? G.L.Singhal: At 12:45 Amit Shah: To Bangalore ? G.L.Singhal: Yes Amit Shah: Check out the afternoon flight to Bangalore and evening flight to Mumbai yes G.L.Singhal: Ok sir. *** G.L.Singhal: No movement sir… And I got all flights checked to Bangalore. Not booked in any. Let me check now for Mumbai flights may be can find some bookings. Amit Shah: Ok check for Mumbai G.L.Singhal: Ok… there is no flight looked for Bangalore, let me check for Mumbai *** Amit Shah: I am not able to see on my phone G.L.Singhal: Sir I verified on net everything yesterday Amit Shah: Since not able to see on phone now, keep proper watch, should not escape. And ask Asari whether that man is still in Bhavnagar. G.L.Singhal: Ok sir I will ask Asari and take the location. Amit Shah: Ask Asari and take the location. *** Amit Shah: I got to know that their ticket was of Jet in the afternoon. It was not cancelled also. G.L.Singhal: Ok Sir… will get this checked… Amit Shah: If you get ticket then how the payment was done is to be verified. Who made the payment G.L.Singhal: Right sir Amit Shah: Whether it was through cash or credit card or by any agency. You will come to know through the codes mentioned on ticket. G.L.Singhal: Sir… sir, Ok sir *** G.L.Singhal: Sir, in the evening they had gone towards Cross road in Fun Republic and came back in an hour… Amit Shah: After that they are at home only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir… Amit Shah: Keep watching the location of the one of Bhavnagar G.L.Singhal: Yes sir… Amit Shah: Did you take location of Bhavnagar ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir *** G.L.Singhal: Sir she has come to her brother's place. Amit Shah: When was the last time when that woman was seen by our men ? G.L.Singhal: She is at home only. Our staff is watching at the home only. Amit Shah: Did someone see her in afternoon ? She may have gone away in the morning ? G.L.Singhal: She is there only. She had gone to the shopping complex for half an hour in the afternoon and returned. Amit Shah: At what time was she seen ? G.L.Singhal: Approx. 1:30 pm. Amit Shah: Ok *** G.L.Singhal: She is in Gym, got the location sir, one and half to two kilometers away. Amit Shah: Could you know the name of the Gym ? G.L.Singhal: No sir but went along with sister in law. Amit Shah: Ask name and there only? Why don’t you ask the name ? Is she still there now ? Check with staff and let me know G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. Amit Shah: Ask from the gym people. *** G.L.Singhal: Ananta wellness is the name of the gym sir Amit Shah: Ananta ? G.L.Singhal: Ananta Wellness Amit Shah: Ok… Amit Shah: Still there only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir. *** Amit Shah: This evening the person is supposed to leave. That is the info with Sahib, I mean……. G.L.Singhal: Sir.. Sir….the lady isn’t it sir? Amit Shah: Yes check out what flight it could be in the evening…. G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…. I will check it out Amit Shah: May be GoAir. And has that man reached Bhavnagar ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…he has. I have checked out his location and he reached last night. Amit Shah: If this girl is going to Mumbai make sure he does not go to Mumbai G.L.Singhal: Yes sir…..right sir….. Amit Shah: Did you understand?? And check out on evening flight schedule *** G.L.Singhal: Was seen with her bhabhi near Drive-in for shopping and now reached back. Amit Shah: As such stays back at home only ? G.L.Singhal: Yes, mostly stays at home. Amit Shah: Ok… and that guy from Bhavnagar … and his location ? G.L.Singhal: Sir… he is there in Bhavnagar only *** Amit Shah: See that tomorrow early morning she leaves and your staff is not aware… G.L.Singhal: Sir… don’t bother right from 5.30 in the morning our staff is on duty there. Amit Shah: Be focused for tomorrow… there is a possibility of leaving tomorrow. And take the current location G.L.Singhal: Yes sir… ok ok *** Amit Shah: Singhal….. G.L. Singhal: Yes Sir…. Amit Shah: Can we have somebody sent in the flight to Mumbai G.L. Singhal: Hmm….. Amit Shah: Saheb has solid information of some activity so better put somebody on the flight G.L. Singhal: Yes sir…..very well sir I will send somebody Amit Shah: Give some money and put him on the flight and second if she has made call from STD PCO at the airport have the number checked G.L. Singhal: Yes sir….right sir… Amit Shah: Today from the airport G.L. Singhal: Yes sir….. Amit Shah: So please have the numbers checked *** G.L.Singhal: No information through that source but I have sent my inspector to watch and get the list for secret verification. That list will be available to me in 2 minutes Amit Shah: You will get it from Jet ? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir Amit Shah: That woman boarded the flight? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir and the flight took off as well. Our people would be their for an hour more as they might play any mischief and come out. Amit Shah: No phone call made as yet? G.L.Singhal: No sir. *** G.L.Singhal: Sir I got the list but there is nothing in both Amit Shah: You have that list? G.L.Singhal: Yes sir….. Amit Shah: Then send it to me. G.L.Singhal: ok I will send it sir…. Amit Shah: ok then in Bhavanagar there is one Joshi and a Deputy collector….Please note the names… G.L.Singhal: sir…. Amit Shah: then Shanti is Narmada’s Deputy Collector…. G.L.Singhal: Yes… Amit Shah: then Tyagi is Airport officer…hello? G.L.Singhal: yes sir…. Amit Shah: and one Vidyarthi,DDO of Amreli…. G.L.Singhal: yes Amit Shah: we have to check whether all these people have come there G.L.Singhal: Sir…. Amit Shah: So who is there in Bhavanagar? G.L.Singhal: Sir Asari has deployed two men there Amit Shah: Then talk to Asari only. G.L.Singhal: yes sir Amit Shah: A k Sharma has come or still on vacation? G.L.Singhal: Sir he is here only. Amit Shah: Take the numbers of Joshi and Shanti from A K Sharma G.L.Singhal: sure sir…… Amit Shah: and also Vidyarthi’s number G.L.Singhal: sir….sir…. Amit Shah: And check their location G.L.Singhal: Right sir I will take the numbers Amit Shah: Yes yes… *** Ig.amr: G.L.Singhal: There is one hotel called Amazo near Xavier’s college. IG(A.K.Sharma): which hotel ? G.L.Singhal:Amazo…. Amazo…. IG: Amazo G.L.Singhal:Yes IG: Yes G.L.Singhal:there she will come to eat IG: who is the boy ? G.L.Singhal:sir, there is one boy aged 30-32. IG: Then I think that must be his voice because that voice was a bit doubtful… and…he said that he would eat together. He was talking about lunch. G.L.Singhal: yes…yes IG: He said that they would eat together. G.L.Singhal:right sir, sir if we take the number then location could be tracked… of IG: aahh…no problem…Airtel ? G.L.Singhal:sir Bhavnagar number. IG: ok…yes G.L.Singhal:we will come to know the exact location and his movement IG: okay let me enquire about it. I was doubtful about the voice but I have sent it to Saheb G.L.Singhal:ok…. IG: Because I was doubtful about the voice but I sent it to sahib in CD. G.L.Singhal:yes…yes, IG: but I was doubtful about the voice. Partly it was his voice but at times I was suspicious GL Singhal:sir it is Skoda car with GJ registration, GJ-1HD 7959. IG: one minute let me write it down G.L.Singhal:GJ-1 IG: 1 G.L.Singhal:HD…D for Delhi IG: HD G.L.Singhal:7959 IG: 7959 G.L.Singhal:sir it is Skoda car GJ-1HD 7959 IG: Skoda and Which hotel is it? G.L.Singhal:A….Amazo IG: Amazo G.L.Singhal:yes… IG: where ? G.L.Singhal:if we go straight from Xavier’s college towards C.G road, three roads are bifurcating on the left is chaar Raasta IG: which Chaar Raasta ? G.L.Singhal : you know Xavier college if we go straight from Xavier college towards CG road IG: yes…. G.L.Singhal:there are three ways IG: yes…. G.L.Singhal:if you go to right side then comes Samarpan flats…towards left is HL college IG: yes… G.L.Singhal:There is a new restaurant at the corner…Italian restaurant Amazo. IG: hmm ? G.L.Singhal:Italian restaurant IG: Italian restaurant, Can we click the photo of that boy? G.L.Singhal:sir I have already given camera for that but actually due to darkness…... Pen camera is also given. IG: Yes…. G.L.Singhal:Actually, we are trying our best we will do whatever we can IG: what are our people doing inside ? G.L.Singhal:They have been informed….they have done something IG: so he is dubious boy and not that man. G.L.Singhal: sir if we track the location then we will get confirmation. IG: ok I will know it. G.L.Singhal:his booking in hotel is till 11. IG: ok yes…that means till tomorrow. G.L.Singhal: yes sir… *** Amit Shah: Singhal… G.L.Singhal: Sir Amit Shah:Keep a vigilant eye on them because Saheb will come to know about everything… G.L.Singhal: Yes… yes sir… Amit Shah: Tell them with all seriousness G.L.Singhal: Yes yes…. Amit Shah: and who all come to meet… G.L.Singhal: yes yes… Amit Shah: Does she goes out ? G.L.Singhal: yes sir… Amit Shah: And what else she does ? G.L.Singhal:: Yes Sir…