Focus shifting to phone tapping of AP Chief Minister
Narendra Ch | 08 Jun 2015

A day after the Telangana government `leaked' tapes of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chadnrababu Naidu's allegedly held the conversation between Chandrababu Naidu and nominated TRS MLA Stephenson where the former apparently had assured of all commitments being fulfilled, the focus is being shifted towards issue of phone tapping.

Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who met the Governor ESL Narsimhan over the audio tapes issue is said to held discussions regarding the phone tapping issue and the issue is to be reported by the Governor to the Centre.

The Andhra Pradesh state cabinet will be having emergency meeting on Tuesday, said to be mainly discuss on phone tapping of its chief minister and senior functionaries of the government. The cabinet is likely to seek the union home ministry to conduct a probe into phone tapping.


The Telangana government seems to be in `defensive' and started to convince no such tapping. Denying the allegations that AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's phone being tapped, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao accused that the allegations are coming up from the TDP leaders in order to create rifts between the two states –Telangana and AP. He said that the audio tapes that were being circulated were in fact the call records of Sebastian who was one of the accused in the cash for vote scam.


The Andhra Pradesh Medical and Health Minister Dr K Srinivas, who is a BJP member, today said that they would complain to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about phone tapping by Telangana government.


Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh police have registered cases against Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao and ruling TRS for the alleged revealing of telephone conversations between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and a nominated Telangana Legislator, Stephenson. The police have registered cases based on the complaints lodged by the TDP men including Ministers and MLAs.

Cases were registered at various police stations in districts including Krishna, Guntur and Visakhapatnam under sections of IPC and also Telgraph Act. Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao lodged a complaint at Bhavanipuram Police Station in Krishna District. The local circle inspector, Murali Krishna said a case under sector 26 B of Indian Telegraph Act has been registered against Telangana Chief Minister besides TRS party and other senior officials.

Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh Government communication Advisor Prabhakar ruled out the alleged telephone conversation was of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. TDP also condemned releasing of false tapes imitating Chandrababu Naidu's voice.

Showcasing their resentment against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over the alleged leaked audio tapes, people of the Anantapur district staged a protest. The protest witnessed the effigy of Telangana Chief Minister being burnt near the clock tower in the heart of city where protesters stated that KCR has conspired to defame Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.