Crime Branch to investigate e-mail hacking case of Bhatt

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police today transferred the e-mail hacking complaint filed by additional advocate general Tushar Mehta against suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to the city crime branch. A case was registered against Bhatt in the Vastrapur police station here on August 5 after Mehta lodged complaint.

"The case has been transferred to the city crime branch," a senior crime branch official said. Bhatt, in his affidavit to the Supreme Court, had stated that someone within the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was leaking confidential details related to its investigations to Tushar Mehta.

Bhatt claimed that he had seen unusual e-mails from the SIT, which is probing the riots cases, in Mehta`s personal e-mail account. Mehta, in his omplaint, alleged that Bhatt had hacked into his e-mail account, and passed on information to others.

"These communications contain my personal, official, and legal correspondences which were not only unauthorisedly seen by Bhatt but also shared with others for ulterior motive, which, apart from being a criminal offence, violates my right of privacy," Mehta`s complaint says.  Now, the crime branch`s cyber cell will conduct the probe, officials said.