Chandrababu Naidu accuses Andhra Pradesh CM of cellphone tapping; seeks PM’s intervention

Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, August 17

Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) nationwide president N Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday, charged the YSR Congress Party, led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, of resorting to large cellphone tapping so as to perpetrate and foist a “jungle raj” within the state.

Naidu urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an inquiry by a reliable authority of the Government of India into the alleged large tapping of telephones in Andhra Pradesh.

“The Centre should take stringent action so as to prevent the Jagan Reddy-led Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and some private persons from resorting to such illegal activities that pose a threat to national security,” Naidu stated.

In a letter to Narendra Modi, the TDP chief stated the ruling celebration in Andhra Pradesh, in addition to non-public people, have been utilizing refined know-how and unlawful software program to faucet the telephones belonging to the Opposition leaders, judges, journalists and social activists.

“This is a violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution that provides for Fundamental Rights of the citizens. The ruling YSRCP was using illegal tactics to protect and preserve its power by intimidating and blackmailing the opponents and dissenting voices. These illegal activities were posing a serious threat to the right to privacy in the state,” Naidu stated within the letter.

Naidu additionally wrote that even non-public people have been utilizing innovative know-how and tools to unlawfully faucet telephones.

“If these nefarious activities were not put to an end, they would proliferate and emerge as a bigger threat to national security and the sovereignty of the country as a whole. If the governments and private persons involved in such illegal activities were not restrained, they would attack and undermine the democratic institutions that were painstakingly built over decades of hard work in the country,” Naidu added.

As per the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 (Sec 5 (2)) and the Information Technology Act 2000 (Sec 69), cellphone tapping is to be strictly used solely in instances of a menace to nationwide safety or the nation’s sovereignty or to nationwide integration or when pleasant relations with overseas nations are below menace.

Naidu stated systematic assaults have been made on the State Election Commission (SEC), Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and different establishments. Threats have been being issued to Opposition leaders, judges, media, social activists and all those that raised a dissenting voice in opposition to the ruling celebration’s excesses, he added.

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