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Since 1st March, 1999
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MLA son in phone racket net

Jaipur, July 30: A BJP legislatorís son, along with two others, has been sent to five dayís judicial custody on charges of tampering with telephone meters and making free overseas calls.

Yusuf, son of Ramjan Khan, MLA from the temple town of Pushkar near Ajmer, and a couple have been booked under Sections 420 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 23, 25 and 27 of the Indian Telegraph Act and Sections 43, 65 and 66 of the Information Technology Act.

A police team will take the accused to Delhi for further investigations, said additional superintendent of police Vir Bhan Ajwani, who is probing the case.

Mohammad Haneef and his wife Shabana alias Zareena from Hyderabad were staying in a rented room at the Panchayat Bhawan, which houses the Saradhna village telephone exchange.

The couple had two telephone connections. Being computer experts, they used their skills to jam the telecom departmentís meters and started making calls to Pakistan and West Asia. Yusuf had allegedly helped them get the room on rent.

According to district superintendent of police Saurav Shrivastava, Yusuf was arrested from a room in Panchayat Bhawan while making an overseas call. Haneef and Zareena were arrested soon after.

Khan charged the police with negligence of duty, saying that on Sunday, he had informed the nearby Mangaliawas police station and the village sarpanch about the suspicious activities of the couple living in Panchayat Bhawan. But the police did not take any action for about 12 hours, he alleged.

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