Govt explores legal options on tapping
The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, which met here on Tuesday, took a serious view of the phone-tapping episode as allegedly claimed by the Telangana government. It alleged that the TRS government has tapped 120 phones to create trouble for the TDP government.
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, which met here on Tuesday, took a serious view of the phone-tapping episode as allegedly claimed by the Telangana government. It alleged that the TRS government has tapped 120 phones to create trouble for the TDP government.
“We are examining legal options because the Telangana government has violated Constitution of India and Section 5 of the Telegraph Act. Freedom of speech and personal liberty of all citizens are protected under Article 19 and 21,” said Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, while briefing the press on Cabinet meeting proceedings.
The Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, decided to write to the Government of India and to Governor of AP and Telangana E S L Narasimhan on Section 8 of the AP Reorganization Act. The AP government would request the Centre to immediately frame rules and guidelines on powers of Governor in the common capital of Hyderabad.
Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao and DGP JV Ramudu will go to Delhi on Wednesday to meet Home Secretary and Cabinet Secretary and inform them of the powers of Governor under Section 8 of AP Reorganisation Act and request them to set things right in the two Telugu states.
Chandrababu Naidu will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday and Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday. Few ministers, including Yanamala will also visit Delhi and impress upon Central leaders the illegality of the acts of TS government led by Chandrashekar Rao.
Reliable sources said the AP Government has decided to set up a committee on the phone-tapping issue and take action as per its findings. Ramakrishnudu did not rule out the possibility of deploying AP police in Hyderabad for the liberty and security of AP people, if such episodes recur. Ramakrishnudu said that Section 8 of the AP Reorganisation Act was incorporated to ensure personal security and personal liberty to people and Government of AP in the common capital of Hyderabad.