Ex-Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu alleges phone tapping; urges PM to order inquiry

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AMARAVATI: Alleging that the ruling

YSR Congress

in

Andhra Pradesh

was resorting to

illegal tapping

of phones to further its political gains, Telugu Desam party president N

Chandrababu Naidu

on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that the Centre order an inquiry by a competent body to check the illegal acts.

He alleged that the YSRC was illegally tapping phones of opposition parties, advocates, media persons and social activists.

“It appears that the ruling YSRC has now even targeted judiciary, the third pillar of the democracy, as it is facing hurdles from the judiciary,” the TDP president alleged in the letter, a copy of which was also marked to Union communications and law minister Ravishankar Prasad.

Alleging that some private persons were also illegally tapping phones using cutting-edge technology and tools, Chandrababu Naidu apprehended that if such illegal

phone tapping

went unchecked, it would “pose a serious threat to the integrity and security of the nation.”

He said the tapping was being done using “illegal software and unlawfully.”

“The people of AP are facing a grave threat under the rule of YSRCP.Ever since the YSRC came to power, there has been a systematic and concerted attack on the democratic institutions in the state.

Initially, the process of governance was completely derailed by attacking the investors and policies of previous regimes. This was followed by attack on institutions like State Election Commission and Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC),” he said.

Concomitantly, the YSRCP has been attacking and threatening leaders of opposition parties, advocates, media persons, and social activists among others through various deceitful means, he alleged.

The leader of opposition claimed the state government has not followed any due procedure of law in tapping the phones of people from various walks of life.

“Thus, it directly stands against Articles 19 and 21 of fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution, wherein right to privacy is violated.

Further, Section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act and Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 are violate

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