Jagan Reddy govt tapping phones of oppn leaders, activists, says Chandrababu Naidu, writes to PM Modi

Jagan Reddy govt tapping phones of oppn leaders, activists, says Chandrababu Naidu, writes to PM Modi

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the phones of opposition leaders were illegally being tapped by the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in the state.

In his letter to PM Narendra Modi, Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that the Andhra Pradesh government was also tapping phones of advocates, media persons and social activists. He said it was a "violation of Articles 19 and 21 of fundamental rights" guaranteed in the Constitution.

"It appears that the YSRCP-led government has been tapping phones illegally for its own political gains," Chandrababu Naidu said in the letter to PM Narendra Modi.

The TDP chief alleged that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government was using an "illegal software" which, he said, in the future, can become a threat to national security.

Alleging "grave threat", Chandrababu Naidu said, "With such sophisticated technology in the hands of miscreants will not only violate the right to privacy of individuals but also would lead to compromise of people in high places by bringing them under blackmail threats."

Chandrababu Naidu also claimed that private persons were also illegally tapping phones using cutting edge technology and tools.

"We are afraid that if such illegal phone tapping goes unchecked would pose a serious threat to the integrity and security of the nation," the letter read, concluding with a demand for "immediate and stern action" to check unlawful activities by the ruling party and private persons in Andhra Pradesh.

Rebel MP of the ruling YSR Congress K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju on Sunday alleged his two mobile phones were being illegally tapped for the past few months by the state Intelligence authorities of Andhra Pradesh.

In a letter to Union Home Secretary A K Bhalla, the Lok Sabha member from Narsapuram, also alleged he was getting threatening calls from strange numbers displaying codes of Romania, Denmark, Switzerland, South Korea and Spain.

"Kindly instruct the authorities concerned to investigate from when my phones are being tapped and identify the persons responsible for such criminal activities, the MP requested the Home Secretary. For the last few months, I am getting frequent disturbances and noises in my mobile phones and I reliably learnt that our state Intelligence department is tapping my phones, which is a blatant violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution," he said.