CBI unearths ISD call racket, five held


Prime VIP
New Delhi, June 28

The CBI has arrested a BSNL sub-divisional engineer posted in Roorkee and four persons, including a Saudi Arabia-based NRI and kingpin of the racket, for cheating the BSNL to the tune of several crores by illegally activating the ISD facility to local landline numbers.

The CBI said it came to know during its probe that the accused persons made calls to three African nations, Congo, Sierralone and Somalia, on some premium rate numbers without any on-record ISD facility by tempering the computers of the exchange. Premium rate telephone numbers, including adult chat line, are international telephone numbers for telephone calls during which certain services are provided. Unlike a normal call, a share of the call charge for premium numbers is paid to the service provider by the telephone company at the receiver end.

“Subscribers of these international numbers were getting huge payment by telephone operators without paying any money at caller end. The BSNL was suffering huge loss to the tune of crores of rupees,” the CBI said. Those arrested are Ashok Chaudhary of the BSNL, Sayeed Zaidi, an NRI in Saudi Arabia, Zia Alam of Faridabad, Abdul Mazid and Subhash Chand of Saharanpur.