Andhra Pradesh police slapped a notice on T News, a news channel owned by the family members of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The copy of the notice has been delivered to Narayana Reddy CEO of the channel last midnight. The notice, delivered by Vizag ACP Ramana, was served under Section 19 of The Cable Television Network (Regularion) Act-1995. The Section deals with Powers to prohibit transmission of certain programs in public interest. When invoked, the act authorizes the officials to prohibit any cable operator from transmitting any program which is not in conformity with prescribed program code and is likely to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity or ill-will between different religious, racial, linguistic and regional groups. The notice, citing a program transmitted at 8.30 PM on June 7, 2015, said the transmission, which carried a purported conversation between AP Chief Minister Naidu and Telangana MLA Elvis Stephenson, had the potential to create hatred among the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangan. The AP police sought an explanation from T news in three days. Meanwhile, the Channel described the police act as an indirect declaration of war on Telangana. Journalists across the TS have condemned the Andhra Police move as undemocratic.
The Andhra Pradesh police has handed over multiple cases filed against Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao in Andhra Pradesh to the CBCID police.
This reportedly includes the case that the fourth accused in cash-for-vote scam, Muthaiah, filed against Telangana anti corruption bureau (ACB) and chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
In his complaint filed at a local police station in Vijayawada, Muthaiah alleged that ACB was exerting pressure on him for stating Chandrababu’s involvement in cash-for-vote episode. The sources said that CBCID might issue notices to TRS chief KCR at any point of time.
With Telangana police chief complaining to the union secretary and governor on the presence of Andhra Pradesh police at its chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s residence in Hyderabad, AP DGP has recalled over 400 cops.
The governor reportedly intervened over beefing up of Andhra Pradesh police-without seeking permission of Telangana police-at their VIP residences and party offices.
The AP police chief informed the governor that they recalled 400 AP police personnel from Hyderabad. Also, the union home secretary along with a team is going to arrive in Hyderabad today for brokering peace between AP and TS chief ministers.