By LE Desk

Mumbai, March 30: The Bombay High Court has ordered the police to ask tele-companies to not delete Subscriber Detail Record (SDR) and Call Details Record (CDR) of Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad and policemen, who were stationed at his bungalow, about a year ago. Awhad is a cabinet minister for housing in Maharashtra.

For the apprehension of criminals involved in offences, it is often a necessity for the law enforcement agencies to obtain the SDR and CDR in respect of mobile phones from the service providers.

According to advocate Abaad Ponda, these details are automatically erased by the mobile companies until and unless there are specific orders to preserve the same.

“The electronic evidence of the gentleman concerned and the policemen have to be preserved. In one year, all the digital details will get destroyed. One year is getting over this Sunday. The SDR and CDR both need to be preserved. This is not of accused but of non-accused. On Sunday, it will get deleted from the system. The telecom companies will delete the SCR and CDR if they are not ordered to preserve,” pleaded advocate Abaad Ponda, appearing for an engineer Anant Karmuse, India Today reported.

Advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni appearing for the state said: “We have already filed the charge sheet and all that is against the accused, is being sent to Forensic Science Laboratory. I have no idea about the deletion of data of others.”

According to petitioner Karmuse, he was allegedly beaten up at Awhad’s bungalow in April 2020 by 10 to 15 men for posting a morphed photograph of the NCP leader on social media.

Karmuse through his plea had sought Awhad’s name to be included as an accused in the FIR lodged by the Thane police in the matter.

The high court will now hear Karmuse’s petition on April 21.

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