After years of conducting a probe into auto-routing of international calls as local ones, India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a lawsuit against four senior officials of Reliance Infocomm.
The CBI alleged that the Reliance Infocomm officials 'entered into a criminal conspiracy' with certain officials of the BSNL and masking international calls as local ones through a specially-designed software.
The CBI named Manoj Modi, who was then director of Reliance Infocomm, Akhil Gupta, who was CEO, A Shankar, then head of the company's corporate affairs, Pankaj Panwar, who was then head regulator of the company and other unnamed officials of Reliance and BSNL in its case, the CBI sources said.
During the probe, the CBI would also ascertain the ramifications of the auto-routing of international calls vis-ÃÂ -vis threat to the national security as pointed out by the Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
According to CBI, any call generated from foreign country used to land at three gateways in Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai from where collected calls were masked with the help of the software and sent as local ones to the public system telephone network.