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