Phone-Tapping Case: “Telangana HC Judge, Family Were Under Surveillance During BRS Regime” Says Police

Phone-Tapping Case

The Hyderabad Police stated in a counter affidavit filed in the Telangana High Court, that the mobile phones of some political leaders and several others including a High Court Judge and his family were put under surveillance during the previous BRS regime by the accused in the phone-tapping case.

Case Insights

The city police mentioned that the accused police officers obtained CDRs (Call Detail Records) and IPDRs (Internet Protocol Detail Records) of phone numbers of A Revanth Reddy (Telangana PCC president and now chief minister) and others.

They stated that the accused has also prepared profiles pertaining to the family members, relatives and close personnel and party associates of Revanth Reddy.

A charge sheet has been filed against 6 accused including a suspended DSP of the Special Intelligence Bureau, 2 Additional Superintendents of Police and a former Deputy Commissioner of Police, who have been arrested by Hyderabad Police since March 13 for allegedly erasing the intelligence information from various electronic gadgets as well as for alleged phone tapping during the prior BRS regime.

In the affidavit submitted in High Court on Wednesday, which is hearing the case on its own on the phone tapping, the city police stated that the former SIB chief T Prabhakar Rao (who is absconding) formed an informal team “Special Operations Team” within the SIB for carrying out certain specific tasks related to political surveillance to benefit the then ruling political party and its leaders.

It stated that, the suspended DSP D Praneeth Kumar alias Praneeth Rao of SIB and his team developed profiles of hundreds of people, intercepted hundreds of phone calls of several persons.

Furthermore, the accused made requests to telecom service providers for CDRs, IPDRs and interception requests in violation of the Indian Telegraph Act and IT Act, and obtained CDRs & IPDRs, and thereafter on anticipating the change in government, destructed all the evidence of their illegal activities.

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The accused obtained CDR, IPDR of phone numbers of the High Court Judge and his wife, it stated while adding that they obtained CDRs for the period from September 10, 2022-September 9, 2023 and the IPDR obtained was from August 8, 2023-September 7, 2023.

The accused deliberately committed all interception violations though they were fully aware that it is against the provisions of the Telegraph Act.
It stated that all the accused resorted to do the work of political intelligence to suit the needs of the then ruling BRS party.

The affidavit said, “Instead of the mandated intelligence collection, all the accused in collusion with their associates in conspiracy have brazenly violated all norms set by the department and put surveillance over targeted political leaders, their staff, family members, journalists, a High Court Judge and his family, businessmen and their employees, bureaucrats both serving and retired, only for the purpose of serving the needs of a political party in power at that time and its leaders for their ulterior personal agenda of retaining power by winning the elections.”

The High Court was informed that the arrested accused didn’t cooperate well during the probe and also the scope of investigation is very deep, and that it will be continued further against the absconding accused and against their associates.

The affidavit stated that on the discovery of new facts against the arrested accused and on further investigation of the case against the absconding accused and their associates, supplementary charge sheet will be filed.

The police earlier said that the arrested accused along with others have been accused of developing profiles of several persons unauthorized and monitoring them clandestinely and illegally in SIB and using them in a partisan manner to favour a political party at the behest of some persons and also conspiracy in destroying the records to cause the disappearance of evidence of their crimes.

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