Ex-Intel Bureau Chief Named Accused No 1 In Telangana Cellphone-Tapping Row

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Ex-Intel Bureau Chief Named Accused No 1 In Telangana Phone-Tapping Row


Ex-Intel Bureau Chief Named Accused No 1 In Telangana Phone-Tapping Row

Hyderabad:

Former Telangana Intelligence Bureau chief T Prabhakhar Rao has been named as Accused No 1 within the phone-tapping case that has roiled the state forward of a basic election. 

Mr Rao – on whose order reams of digital information gathered by illegally tapping the telephones of opposition leaders in the course of the earlier BRS authorities led by Okay Chandrashekar Rao – is reportedly in america. A glance-out discover has been issued in his identify.

Mr Rao’s residence in Hyderabad have been searched, as have practically a dozen different areas, together with the residence of Shravan Rao, who runs a Telugu TV channel referred to as I Information.

Sharvan Rao – additionally believed to be in another country – allegedly helped arrange phone-tapping gear (from Israel) and servers on the premises of an area college.

One other cop, Radha Kishan Rao – who was serving within the metropolis activity drive – has additionally been named as an accused and a look-out discover has been issued for him as properly.

A number of different Telangana cops are being investigated in reference to this case.

Three – Further SPs Bhujanga Rao and Thirupathanna, and Deputy SP Praneeth Rao – have already been arrested. The police stated Bhujanga Rao and Thirupathanna, arrested final week, had confessed to monitoring non-public individuals illegally and destroying the proof.

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Praneeth Rao was arrested earlier this month, and charged with creating profiles of unknown individuals and monitoring their exercise in an unauthorised method, in addition to destroying sure laptop methods and information saved on digital devices.

The proof was reportedly destroyed on orders from Prabhakar Rao; the order was allegedly given a day after the Congress beat the BRS within the 2023 election. 

READ | Arrested Telangana Cop Stated He Destroyed Intel On Boss’ Orders

The checklist of people whose units had been reportedly monitored embody Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, and members of the BJP and Congress, in addition to these from ex-Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekar Rao’s BRS. There are additionally studies that Telugu actors and businessmen had been monitored too, and that a lot of them had been blackmailed. 

Sources have stated over one lakh telephone calls had been tapped.

Mr Reddy has vowed motion and labelled Mr Rao a “present-day Qasim Rizi”. “Components of the conspiracy are nonetheless below investigation, however there’s a lot to come back out…” he instructed NDTV.

Total, no less than 30 cops are more likely to be investigated as this will of worms is opened.

There are even rumours {that a} BRS chief could possibly be implicated, which is able to flip the highlight on the previous Chief Minister’s get together simply days earlier than a basic election.

Telangana’s State Intelligence Bureau is meant to maintain tabs on left-wing extremism, however a crew was reportedly gathering political intelligence and particulars of transactions made by opposition get together leaders, sources have instructed NDTV.

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