Da­wood calls: Po­lice to check if Khadse’s SIM card was cloned SIM CARD CLONING, WHAT IT MEANS FOR KHADSE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh M Joshi and Man­ish K Pathak ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Mum­bai crime branch, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing calls al­legedly made by fugi­tive un­der­world gang­ster Da­wood Ibrahim from his land line in Pak­istan to Ma­ha­rash­tra rev­enue min­is­ter Ek­nath Khadse, says it is pos­si­ble that Khadse’s SIM card was cloned.

Cloning refers to the process of elec­tron­i­cally du­pli­cat­ing a SIM card, usu­ally with­out the original card’s owner knowl­edge. If the crime branch finds that Khadse’s SIM card was in­deed cloned with­out his knowl­edge and that the calls were made to the du­pli­cate SIM, he will get a clean chit. How­ever, the po­lice will still have to find out who cloned Khadse’s SIM, and why Da­wood made calls to his num­ber.

The con­tro­versy kicked off on May 21, when Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Preeti Menon claimed that sev­eral calls were made to Khadse’s mo­bile phone from Da­wood’s land line be­tween Septem­ber 2015 and April 2016.

The crime branch, which was en­trusted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said the al­le­ga­tions were false, upon which Menon sub­mit­ted an­other set of dates, be­tween Jan­uary 18, 2015 and March 28, 2015, on which Da­wood al­legedly made calls to Khadse. Menon took the help of Man­ish Bhangale, an ‘eth­i­cal hacker’ from Gu­jarat, to ac­cess call records of the num­ber reg­is­tered in Khadse’s name. Bhangale had ear­lier ac­cessed the call records of Da­wood’s land line and found that it had been used to make calls to Khadse’s num­ber. CON­TIN­UED ON P11 RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P5

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