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Vizag land scam: SIT requests two months extension

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Special Investigation Team setup by the government of Andhra Pradesh to probe into the Vishakhapatnam land scam on June 28 reportedly sought extension as the initial deadline of August 28 is about to end. The officials realized that it is not feasible to complete the investigation in two months and submit a comprehensive report. So consequently, they have asked additional two months of extension.

According to the sources of TNIE, officials will be successful in completing the task if they are given extra time. The SIT also requested for additional personnel. However, the government is yet to get back to them.

SIT so far received 2865 complaints of which 337 were related to the land scam. Around 220 complaints need to be probed while the other investigation of the other 100 is completed. The remaining of the two thousand odd complaints were sent to the collector and other related departments.

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Drugs Case: Puri probed on casting Pawan Kalyan

The very first question to Telugu filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, by Telangana’s excise officials probing a drug racket was about his movie with Pawan Kalyan, Cameraman Ganga toh Rambabu. He was asked questions like “Why did you direct that movie?” “Who is behind it?” “Why did you cast Pawan Kalyan?”

BJP leader and lawyer Raghu Nandan Rao, who played a key role as advisor in Charmi’s petition and advising other films stars, reportedly said that the officials wanted to pressurise Puri in the wake of disputes between Kalyan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s family. The lawyer seemingly asked, “how are these questions related to Drugs Case?”

Even the maverick director has attributed that there were some questions with political perspective. Apparently, the maverick director was asked a few more questions in this angle by SIT officials.

However, in a latest development Jana Sena chief Kalyan, Chief Minister KCR and Minister KTR were seen conversing at Raj Bhavan earlier this week.

Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal is yet to react on these accusations. Nonetheless the SIT has been facing criticism ever since the Drugs case trail commenced.

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Hyderabad drug case: FedEx ‘briefs’ SIT in response to ‘request’

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Leading courier firm FedEx Express says if has “briefed” the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Prohibition & Excise Department probing the drug racket in Hyderabad.

It stated that it was neither summoned nor served notice in the case. FedEx said no explanation was sought from it by the investigating team.

The SIT, in a release on July 19, had stated that three courier companies had been “requested” to come and meet it with respect to the investigation.

The officials of the courier firms met SIT. FedEx, however, maintained that it was only a “briefing”

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Ayesha Meera case: Court asks AP Govt to submit details of SIT

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Hyderabad High Court instructed the Andhra Pradesh government to submit the details of the Ayesha Miran Murder case and the specifics of the Special Investigation Team setup on Tuesday. It may be noted that on August 2nd, High Court took a serious note of the frivolous attitude displayed by the officials in implementing the Court orders in the Vijayawada B Pharmacy student’s alleged rape and murder. Following the Court’s ire, the state government on Friday constituted a SIT to reopen the case and identify the criminals.

The government today informed the High Court that a SIT was set up to probe the case. The court postponed the next hearing to 10th August.

The deceased girl’s parents demanded CBI enquiry and said that they did not believe in SIT last week. DGP N Sambasiva Rao, said the government would consider the request of Ayesha’s parents and take a decision on handing over the case to CBI. Mahila Commission Chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari not only said that the SIT should be headed by a woman police officer but also demanded that no local police be a member of the team.

B Pharmacy student of Nimrah College in Ibrahimpatnam, Ayesha Meera (19) who hails from Tenali was a was found dead lying naked in a pool of blood in the bathroom of Sri Durga Ladies’ Hostel in Ibrahimpatnam in 2007.

Satyam Babu was convicted by the Vijayawada women’s special sessions court on September 29, 2010. After spending 8 years in jail the Hyderabad High Court acquitted Satyam Babu On March 31, 2017.

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Actor Nandu appears before SIT in drug case

Telugu film actor Ananda Krishna alias Nandu on Tuesday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department, which is probing drug racket.

Nandu reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of the Prohibition and Excise Department, at 10 a.m., and the questioning started 30 minutes later.

A four-member team questioned him about allegations that he takes drugs and also has links with peddlers arrested in the case.

Nandu began his film career in 2007 with “100% love” in which he played a character caller Ajith, a role liked by the film buffs.

He also acted in Ram Gopal Varma’s movies “Ice Cream 2” and “365 days”.

Nandu is married to popular singer Geetha Madhuri.

After his named first cropped up in the case, Nandu had uploaded a video on Facebook, denying that he consumes drugs or has links with peddlers.

The SIT on Monday had questioned actor Tanish Alladi for four hours.

Nandu is the 11th artist to be interrogated by the SIT, which has so far questioned top actors like Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur and leading director Puri Jagannadh.

Actress Mumaith Khan, actors Tarun, Navdeep and Subbaraju were also among those quizzed in the case over last two weeks.

Teja’s driver Srinivasa Rao was interrogated on Saturday, a day after the actor was questioned for over nine hours.

With the questioning of Nandu, the SIT will complete interrogation of the Tollywood personalities summoned in the case.

Their names cropped up when the SIT found their contact details in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the recently busted drug racket.

The investigating team will likely call more Tollywood personalities for questioning.

The SIT has so far arrested 20 persons, including US citizen Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who has worked with the NASA, a Dutch national Mike Kamminga, and seven B. Tech degree holders, most of them employed with multi-national companies.

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Actor Tanish questioned in drug case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department, probing a Hyderabad drug racket, questioned Telugu film actor Tanish Alladi for nearly four hours on Monday.

The actor reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of the Prohibition and Excise Department, at 10 a.m and the questioning which started around 10.30 a.m. continued for almost four hours.

Four officials of the SIT questioned Tanish about the allegations that he takes drugs and also has links with the peddlers arrested in the case.

The actor told reporters after the questioning that he answered all the queries of the officials. He said whatever information he had he shared it with the SIT.

Tanish said his family members were shocked to see his name cropping up in the case. The actor said all should work together to root out the menace of drugs. He advised to people to inform the SIT if they come to know about anybody using drugs.

After a day’s break, SIT resumed questioning Tollywood personalities in connection with the case.

Tanish was the 10th artist to be interrogated by the SIT, which has so far questioned top actors like Ravi Teja, Charmme Kaur and leading director Puri Jagannadh.

Actress Mumaith Khan, actors Tarun, Navdeep and Subbaraju were among others quizzed in the case over last two weeks.

Teja’s driver Srinivasa Rao was questioned on Saturday, a day after the actor was questioned for over nine hours.

The investigating team has summoned 12 Tollywood personalities for questioning. Their names cropped up during the investigations when SIT allegedly found their contact numbers in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas, said to be the kingpin of the racket.

Some sections of Tollywood alleged that the industry is being unfairly targeted, but the the Telangana government denied it. It pointed out that SIT questioned several people from other walks of life.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has also assured the film industry that those using drugs would be treated as victims and not as accused but sought their help in identifying the peddlers.

The SIT has so far arrested 20 persons, including US citizen Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who has worked with the NASA, a Dutch national Mike Kamminga and seven B. Tech degree holders, most of them employed with multi-national companies.

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SIT begins questioning Ravi Teja in drug case

Leading Telugu actor Ravi Teja on Friday appeared before Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hyderabad drug racket.

The actor reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department of Telangana, around 10 a.m.

A four-member team of SIT officials began questioning the actor with regard to the racket busted in July.

Like other actors grilled over last two weeks, Ravi would be questioned about his alleged links with the accused arrested in the case.

Popularly known as ‘mass Maharaja’ in film circles, Ravi will also be asked if he is addicted to drugs.

He was summoned for questioning after his contact number was found in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas and Zeeshan Ali, the two key accused arrested in the case.

Ravi’s mother last week denied the allegations that he uses drugs.

He is the ninth Tollywood celebrity to be questioned in the case. SIT questioned actresses Charmme Kaur and Mumaith Khan during in the last two days.

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Actress Mumaith Khan appears before SIT in drug case

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Actress Mumaith Khan on Thursday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department probing the Hyderabad drug racket.

A four-member team of officials began questioning the actress at Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department, around 10 a.m.

She was being questioned on whether she takes drugs and whether she has any links with Calvin Mascrenhas, the alleged kingpin of the racket.

Mumaith reached Hyderabad from Mumbai after she got permission to leave ‘Big Boss’ for one day. According to the rules of the television reality show, no participant is allowed to leave the house till he or she is eliminated from the contest.

Known for her item numbers, she is the eighth Tollywood celebrity to be questioned by SIT. She is considered close to director Puri Jagannadh, who was already quizzed in the case.

The investigating officers had on Wednesday grilled actress Charmme Kaur for over six hours. SIT said she refused to give her consent for drawing the samples of body fluid, hair and nails and thus the same were not collected.

The two actresses are among 12 personalities from Tollywood summoned by the SIT for questioning in the drug racket which was busted here in July.

The SIT has questioned seven celebrities including Charmme, actors Tarun and Navdeep and director Puri Jagannadh.

They were summoned after the SIT found their contact details in the call data of Mascrenhas.

Actor Ravi Teja and some others would be questioned this week.

The SIT has arrested 20 accused in the racket, which created a sensation following startling revelation that the peddlers sold drugs to students of several colleges and schools in Hyderabad, Tollywood celebrities and techies.

The case took a new turn on Wednesday as SIT arrested a Dutch national in the case.

Mike Kamminga’s arrest was being considered a major breakthrough as he was reportedly supplying the drugs to peddlers from Europe.

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Actress Charmme Kaur grilled by SIT for six hours in drug case

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department, probing the Hyderabad drug racket, grilled actress Charmme Kaur for over six hours on Wednesday.

A smiling Charmme, with water bottle in one hand and waving at media persons with the other, left Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department, around 5 p.m. but did not speak.

The questioning of Charmme, whose real name is Surdeep Kaur, began at 10 a.m. and continued till the evening with lunch break. The actress refused to give her consent for drawing the samples of body fluid, hair and nails.

A four-member team including three women questioned the actress on her alleged links with Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the racket. She was also asked whether she takes drugs.

The team, headed by Superintendent, Prohibition and Excise, K. Pavan Kumar, included three women – two inspectors and a sub-inspector. The women officers were included in the team on the directions of the Hyderabad High Court.

The court also asked the SIT not to collect Charmme’s blood, hair and nail samples without her consent. It, however, rejected her plea to allow the presence of her lawyer during the questioning.

According to a statement from SIT, Charmme refused to give her consent for drawing the samples and thus they were not collected.

The officials understood to have gathered significant clues from Charmme, who was allegedly in touch with Calvin after the latter was introduced to her by director Puri Jagannadh.

Earlier in the morning, there was commotion at Abkari Bhavan as Charmme reached there with bouncers.

The actress later complained to SIT officials about the alleged misbehaviour of a male police constable who had come very close to her. SIT took all precautions by deploying women constables when she was returning after the questioning.

Charmme is one of the 12 personalities from Tollywood summoned by the SIT for questioning in the drug racket which was busted here this month.

The SIT has questioned seven celebrities including Charmme, actors Tarun and Navdeep and director Jagannadh after the SIT found their contact details in the call data of Mascrenhas.

Actress Mumaith Khan will appear before SIT on Thursday. Actor Ravi Teja and some others will be questioned this week.

The SIT has arrested 20 accused in the racket, which created a sensation following startling revelation that the peddlers sold drugs to students of several colleges and schools in Hyderabad, Tollywood celebrities and techies.

The case took a new turn on Wednesday as SIT arrested a Dutch national in the case. Mike Kamminga’s arrest is being considered a major breakthrough as he was reportedly supply the drugs to peddlers from Europe.

The authorities have recovered 3,000 units of LSD, 105 grams of MDMA, 45 grams of cocaine and other narcotic and psychotropic substance from all the accused arrested so far.

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Actress Charmme Kaur grilled by SIT in drug case

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Telangana’s Excise Department probing the Hyderabad drug racket on Wednesday questioned actress Charmme Kaur.

The questioning began at 10 a.m. and continued till afternoon at Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department.

A four-member team of women officers led by Assistant Excise Inspector Anita questioned the actress on her alleged links with Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the racket. She was also asked whether she takes drugs.

Earlier, accompanied by her lawyer and bouncers, Charmme reached the office and greeted a big contingent of photographers and videographers.

She went from the sets of “Paisa Vasool”, a movie being directed by Puri Jagannadh who was questioned in the case last week.

On a petition by the actress, the Hyderabad High Court had directed that she should be questioned by women officers between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The court also asked the SIT not to collect Charmme’s blood, hair and nail samples without her consent. It, however, rejected her plea to allow the presence of her lawyer during the questioning.

The officials hope to gather significant clues from Charmme, who was allegedly in touch with Calvin after the latter was introduced to her by Puri.

She is the seventh celebrity from Telugu film industry to appear before the SIT.

Charmme is one of the 12 personalities from Tollywood summoned by the SIT for questioning in the drug racket which was busted here this month.

The SIT has questioned six celebrities including actors Tarun and Navdeep and director Puri Jagannadh.

They were summoned after the SIT found their contact details in the call data of Calvin Mascrenhas.

Actress Mumaith Khan and actor Ravi Teja are among the others to be questioned this week.

The SIT has arrested 19 accused in the racket, which created a sensation following startling revelation that the peddlers sold drugs to students of several colleges and schools in Hyderabad, Tollywood celebrities and techies.

The case took a new turn on Monday when the SIT arrested the manager of leading actress Kajal Aggarwal.

Puttkar Ronson Joseph alias Ronnie was arrested from his house here.

Narcotic substances were recovered from his possession. The actress expressed shock over the involvement of her manager in the illegal activity.

The authorities have recovered 3,000 units of LSD, 105 grams of MDMA, 45 grams of cocaine and other narcotic and psychotropic substance from all the accused arrested so far.

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Charmme moves to High Court against SIT

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Actress Charmme is one among the Tollywood celebrities who have been issued notices by the Special Investigation Team in relation with drug consumption. While celebrities like Puri Jagannadh, Subbaraju, Tarun and Navdeep attended the investigation and got drilled, Charmme approached the High Court and filed a petition against Special Investigation Team. She mentioned that she is not comfortable with the way the investigation is being done.

Her lawyer filed a petition referring Article 20 and sub clause 3 that it is against the law to collect the blood samples if the accused is not willing. The petition will be heard today and Charmme has been asked to attend before SIT on Wednesday. Charmme also requested the court to allow her lawyer to accompany her before SIT during the investigation.

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Selfies with Calvin: Tollywood celebrities in Trouble

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Tollywood celebrities have been facing allegations over consumption of drugs which has been shaking the Telugu speaking states. Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been interrogating the celebrities who have been issued notices. It started with Puri Jagannadh and cinematographer Shyam K Naidu has been investigated yesterday. Today Subbaraju is facing the investigation and a leading news channel revealed that SIT collected all the information after a thorough investigation.

Drug leader Calvin’s mobile phone has been cracked and the SIT officials have been left in shock after Calvin had selfies with all the celebrities SIT officials issued notices. This will sure bring huge trouble for all those who will be facing the investigation. SIT is also busy tracking the call data of the celebrities as per Calvin’s mobile. SIT officials revealed that some more celebrities will be issued notices in the coming days.

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Shyam K Naidu Turns Approver, Reveals Vital Info

As part of the inquiry into drug case, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Prohibition and Excise department on Thursday grilled noted Tollywood cinematographer Shyam K Naidu for over five hours, and managed to extract vital information from him.

According to ours sources, Naidu has revealed that Puri consumes drugs and that he supplies narcotics to his friends and acquaintances in film industry as a goodwill gesture. He added that he has worked as cinematographer for 17 films of Puri and that he knows each and every happening in the director’s life. Saying that drugs use is very common in film industry, he claimed that he doesn’t even smoke, leave aside drugs.

As Naidu has revealed some vital information, SIT officials are contemplating on making him an ‘Approver’ in this case. They are of the opinion that the information provided him earns him significant amnesty to be added as an approver. He was asked to appear before SIT whenever they calls him for further inquiry.

During the interrogation, a team of doctors from Osmania Hospital have taken blood, nail and hair sample of Naidu to ascertain whether he was consuming drugs. The samples have been sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), and it will take about a month for the reports to come.

Naidu was the second prominent person from Tollywood after Puri Jagannath to have been questioned in drugs scandal. Actor Subbaraju will appear before the SIT on Friday.

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Tollywood cameraman appears before SIT in drug case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hyderabad drug racket grilled Tollywood cinematographer Shyam K. Naidu on Thursday.

The SIT questioned Naidu a day after grilling director Puri Jagannadh for over 10 hours for his alleged links with the accused.

The questioning, which began around 10 a.m. at the office of Prohibition and Excise Commissioner in Hyderabad, was continuing, officials said.

The SIT has summoned 12 personalities from the Telugu film industry for questioning in connection with the sensational racket busted earlier this month.

Puri was the first to appear before the SIT, which questioned him about his alleged links with Calvin Mascrenhas, the kingpin of the racket.

One of the officials, who grilled him, said he provided some clues.

The SIT also collected blood, hair and nail samples from the director to find out if he was using drugs.

Doctors from the government-run Osmania Hospital collected the samples and handed over the same to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for analysis.

Meanwhile, Puri in a video posted on his twitter account said he told SIT officials that he never met Calvin and had no links with him or his gang.

“I am a responsible person. Not only drugs but anything which is illegal, I was never into such things,” he said.

The director said the attitude of media has hurt him.

“They destroyed my life. If there is anything, the SIT will decide,” he added.

Actress Charmee Kaur was scheduled to appear before the SIT on Thursday but she conveyed that she will appear on some other day.

Her father said on Wednesday that she had nothing to do with the drug case.

Actor Subbaraju will appear before the SIT on Friday. He has already denied taking drugs or having links with the accused.

Actors Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Tarun and Nandu, actress Mumaith Khan and art director Chinna are among the other celebrities who will be questioned by the SIT.

The racket caused a sensation as authorities found that about 1,000 students of leading private schools and colleges in the city were using high-end drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine).

The SIT has so far arrested 13 persons, including US citizen Dundu Anish — an aerospace engineer who had earlier worked with the NASA, and seven B.Tech graduates, most of whom were working for multi-national companies.

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Puri Jagan grilled for 10 hours in drug case, blood sample collected

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the drug racket in Hyderabad on Wednesday questioned well-known Telugu film director Puri Jagannadh for nearly 10 hours and collected his blood sample.

The sample was collected from the actor following his consent, SIT official Srinivas Rao told reporters.

The official said they got some clues during the questioning and based on these clues further investigations would be carried out.

After day-long suspense, the director came out of Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition & Excise Department at around 9.30 p.m. and returned home with his family members without talking to waiting media persons.

Jagannadh was the first among the 12 Tollywood personalities summoned by the SIT for questioning in connection with the sensational racket.

A four-member team of SIT officials questioned the director on whether he is addicted to drugs or has any links with the drug peddlers arrested in the case.

“Investigation is going on at good pace,” said a brief statement from the SIT on Wednesday night.

Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal, who is heading the probe, said Jagannadh cooperated during the questioning.

SIT officials learnt to have questioned him about his links with Calvin Mascarenhas, the kingpin of the racket. When he denied any links, the officials confronted him with the evidence including photographs of the release function of his movie “Jyothi Lakshmi” in which he was seen with Calvin.

Jagannadh told officials that he knew Calvin only as an event manager but denied any financial dealings with him.

The questioning continued after lunch break, causing anxiety among the filmmaker’s family members.

As he did not come out till late in the evening, his wife and other family members rushed to the SIT office. There were speculations on whether the director will be taken into custody. However, the officials clarified that he will not be arrested.

Cameraman Shayam K. Naidu will appear before SIT on Thursday. Actress Charmee Kaur was scheduled to appear on Thursday but SIT officials have changed the schedule.

Meanwhile, Charmee’s father Deep Singh Uppal has said that his daughter has nothing to do with the drugs case. He said the allegations had pained her.

Stating that Charmee is active in the film industry since she was 13, he said she would not indulge in such things to spoil her successful film career.

Actors Ravi Teja, Navdeep, Tarun, Subbaraju and Nandu, actress Mumaith Khan, and art director Chinna are among the other celebrities who will be questioned for their alleged links with the drug peddlers arrested in the case.

The racket caused a sensation as authorities found that about 1,000 students of leading private schools and colleges in the city were using high-end drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). They have issued advisories to over 50 schools and colleges to curb the menace.

The SIT has so far arrested 13 accused including US citizen Dundu Anish, an aerospace engineer who had earlier worked with the NASA, and seven B. Tech graduates, most of whom were working for MNCs.

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It’s official, AP Govt Phones Tapped on TS Request

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In major embarrassment to Telangana government, three telecom operators informed the Supreme Court that they had tapped certain numbers from Andhra Pradesh in May-June 2015  as per the instruction from TS.

The tapping was done by Airtel, Idea and Reliance companies.

These companies admitted to this before the Apex Court, in a petition filed by Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), the representative body of cellular operators.

Supreme Court, in turn, directed these companies to part with information in a sealed cover within a week and give this to trial court in Vijayawada. The direction is a victory of sorts to Andhra Pradesh, which wants to use  the charge of Telephone tapping by Telangana government to neutralize the T State’s threat to implicate chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in cash-for-vote scam.

This is expected to intensify the war of words between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In the meantime, union home minister Rajanath Singh reportedly dashed off a letter to the states in conflict asking them to keep the centre posted with the problems arising between them such as telephone tapping.

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Because the implementation of the AP Reorganization Act-2014 is the responsibility of union ministry of home affairs (MoHA). The MoHA took the extraordinary step of writing to warring states as the telephone tapping and seeking the information thus tapped involves the issues of national security.

The petitioner, COAI said, “During the period from May 2015 to June 2015, the law enforcement agencies of the state of Telangana directed petitioners (Airtel, Idea and Reliance) to carry out lawful interception of certain phone numbers under Section 5 of the Indian Telegraph Act. The petitioners, who were bound under law, accordingly complied with the said orders. But they do not have access to the content of the said lawful interception. However, the said lawful interception has resulted in political storm in both the states.”

A probe by Andhra Pradesh  into cash-for-vote scam in which T-TDP MLA Revanth Reddy was caught red-handed while giving money to nominated MLA Stephenson in connection with MLC elections, revealed that certain phones of Andhra Pradesh government functionaries had been tapped. State then set up special investigative team (SIT) to investigate into the telephone tapping by TS which found that certain phones had been tapped.

Then, AP took legal recourse to get the call data from the Telecom operators. The Telangana government, however, had warned that disclosure of call data would be considered a violation of Official Secrets Act, 1923 and Indian Telegraph Act, 1995, by the operators. Telangana argues that telecom service providers are not supposed to entertain requests by anybody to furnish data, which is confidential in nature, and pertaining to lawful interceptions of telephone communication undertaken by law enforcement agencies falling within the jurisdiction of Telangana to police officers and individuals of other state who have no jurisdiction over the territory of Telangana state.

Informing the Apex court how they had been pressurized, with a request form AP for data, and a warning from Telangana against the three service provides sought the advice of the Union home ministry and Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The DoT on the other hand on June 30, 2015 the DoT said, “the matter has been referred to the Government of India for legal examination as it related to lawful interception and monitoring that has bearing on national security.“

But with a court in Vijayawada directing the three companies to part with the information in a sealed cover by July 24, they moved the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The Supreme Court upon hearing the prayer of the three service providers directed them to furnish information sought by AP  to the magistrate concerned  in a sealed cover and directed the trial court to preserve it for a month so that petitioners could move Hyderabad High Court.

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Did Centre Ask Governor to Monitor Cash-for-vote Scam ? More Details

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In what could be a politically inflammable action, Centre is said to have asked governor ESL Narasimhan to monitor the probe being done by Telangana ACB into the cash-for-vote scam.

ESL Narasimhan is the joint governor Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. At a time when Andhra Pradesh is insisting on investing of special powers enshrined in the Section 8 of Andhra Pradesh reorganization Act-2014 with governor and Telangana resisting it tooth and nail, any such directive from the Centre to the governor would make the political situation explosive in the two states.

The sensational news is carried by English news channel NDTV this afternoon.

[pullquote position=”left”]Raj Bhavan sources neither denied nor confirmed the reports and governments of  AP and Telangana chose not to react officially[/pullquote]

According to NDTV, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi has advised governor Narasimhan to intervene in the dispute that arose between AP and TS out of a sting-operation into the cash-for-vote scam. The sting led to the arrest of TDP MLA Revanth Reddy.  Entrusting the responsibility of monitoring the case to governor means implementing the section 8 of Act. NDTV says governor Narasimhan had sought legal advice from the attorney-general and the latter advised the former to take control of the probe. It was a oral advice.

“The Governor has special powers under the Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, since the two states share the capital, Hyderabad, and two different police forces have jurisdiction in the city,” Rohatgi advised the Governor, according to NDTV.

Talking to Telugu360.com from New Delhi, TRS MP B Vinod Kumar expressed doubts about such instructions having come to governor from New Delhi.

“Its true governor can be instructed by the centre. Similarly, attorney-general can legally guide the centre and governor. But, as far as my knowledge goes, there have been no such orders from the centre,” Vinod said. But he did not deny the report flatly.

Raj Bhavan sources neither denied nor confirmed the reports and governments of  AP and Telangana chose not to react officially.

However, notwithstanding the reports of a patch up , AP and Telangana governments continued their efforts to gather solid evidence to prove their allegations against each other in the cash-for-vote scam and phone tapping issue.

AP CID police have reportedly summoned Telecom service providers to inquire into the phone tapping issue at Bhavanipuram Police Station in Vijayawada far away from insecure Hyderabad.

AP police had reportedly instructed them not to erase  call data of some important phone numbers that were allegedly tapped  in the past six months.

On other side,  AP DGP JV Ramudu held a meeting with the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the phone-tapping issue in Hyderabad.

(JNR)

 

 

 

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