DRT Case Of Illegal Call Centre Operations Led By Kunal Gupta

Case Summary

The Bidhannagar Cybercrime Branch SI Suvendu M acted on suo moto upon information received by him that illegal call centres were being operated by Kunal Gupta without any registration and they were cheating people of money. In the garb of asking money to help needy people they were found to be cheating people living abroad of their money. Upon further investigation, it was found that the call centre headed by Kunal Gupta and Nandini Gupta, Operations Head, and Mr Kishore Kumar Gupta as Director were accused of violating the guidelines of the Department of Telecommunication and duping innocent people. Fifteen people were arrested on spot upon raid namely, Tusar Paul, Samarjit Banerjee, Partha Sarati Das, Sayak Chatterjee, Sabbir Khan, Bhaskar Dutta, Ayan Paul, Soaham Ray, Abhijit Pal, Sanjay Kumar Sasmal, Sanjib Biswas, Sourya Ghosh, Shreevardhan Kumar, Aditya Gupta and Arshad Iqbal.

Another SI of the Cyber Crime Branch strongly pleaded with the court not to grant bail to the accused. The 15 people who were arrested were working at the call centre as employees and admitted that they made the calls under various company names asking people for money for the needy and further agreed to co-operate with the police to recover data and gadgets used for the forgery and help recover the money.

Conditional Discharge of Sreevardhan Kumar, arrested person no. 13, and Aditya Gupta, arrested person number no. 14, pled to be released due to medical issues. A medical prescription asking Aditya Gupta to take bed rest and walk was also attached to the bail plea.

Finally, in June 2022, all bail and bonds were granted and furnished due to the lack of strong evidence and vehemence efforts made by the learned counsel, Ksherty and Associates

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