Munich NRI arrested in Delhi for Illegal telephone exchange set up

Delhi, Sep 05, 2004
NRI Press

Police have busted an illegal telephone exchange run from a house in Nanakpura in south Delhi. The illegal exchange was owned by a NRI based in Munich. He had joined hands with a German telecom company to provide Indians in Germany cheap international calling facility.

Crime Branch, along with officials of Department of Telecommunications, MTNL and VSNL raided the house and found that 60 telephone lines were being used. Ranbow Christian Academy had hired the lines on the pretext of running a call center.

"The lines had been activated on August 4 and since then 2.5 lakh calls had been made," said DCP Tajendra Luthra. Police arrested Narender Paul (35) and Kapli Gupta (32).

The exchange was owned by NRI William Dean (40). "He had struck a deal with German telecom company Net Launchwho and sold their pre paid international calling cards. William Dean routed their calls to Delhi bypassing VSNL, thus robbing the government of revenue.