Bombay High Court orders release of celebrity lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui, arrested for involvement in CDR scam


Mar 17, 2018 12:27:36 IST

Bombay High Court has ordered the release of celebrity lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee by 5 pm on Wednesday, as reported by The Indian Express. The Crime Branch of Thane police had arrested the Mumbai-based lawyer for allegedly illegally obtaining call detail records (CDR) from private detectives.

Rizwan Siddiquee. Image from Facebook/Rizwan Siddiquee

Rizwan Siddiquee. Image from Facebook/Rizwan Siddiquee

Police had earlier arrested 11 persons in the case, including woman private detective Rajni Pandit.

Police had summoned Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee for recording his statement after his name came up during the probe, but he failed to turn up, said Sukhada Narkar, spokesperson of Thane police. Police went to his house in Mumbai and took him in custody, she said.

Siddiquee has represented several celebrities including Bollywood actors. Pandit, a well-known woman detective, was arrested in the case on 2 February. She got bail recently.

The racket, which involved illegal procurement and sale of CDRs, came to light in January this year. Last week, the Thane police had said that they had also summoned actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his wife and his lawyer in connection with the investigation.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Trimukhi had said that some of the accused told police that a lawyer had obtained CDRs of Nawazuddin's wife from private detectives.

The actor and his wife are yet to record their statements, police said.

(Also read: Kangana Ranaut refutes Thane police's claim of involvement in Call Data Records scam; cops summon Ayesha Shroff)

Updated Date: Mar 21, 2018 14:16:19 IST