Chandrababu Naidu meets PM Modi, demands probe into ‘illegal’ phone tapping

New Delhi(PTI): Upping his ante against his Telangana counterpart K Chandrashekar Rao over alleged tapping of his phones, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a probe into illegal phone tapping.

“Telangana government is biased… How can anybody do illegal tapping, it is unfair, it is unethical. They have to investigate at high level committee and appropriate action should be taken on this,” Naidu told reporters after meeting Modi here. Naidu, who also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, accused the Telangana government of acting with high handedness.

Telangana TV channels had aired an audio tape allegedly containing a phone conversation between Naidu and a nominated MLA of the Telangana Assembly, Elvis Stephenson in what is now known as ‘cash for vote scandal’. Questioning Telangana government’s authority to tap his phones, Naidu said he has urged the Centre to implement Section 8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act which gives various powers including law and order to the Governor.

“Who are they to tap my phones? Who are they to do all these things? I am asking straight away. What is the right they are having?” the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister questioned. Drawing a parallel with the Delhi Government, he wondered what would happen if the Union Territory Government would tap the phone calls of the the Central Government in the national capital.

“We have explained everything to the President, Prime Minister and Home Minister…Issue is here that there are two state governments located in Hyderabad, which is a unique situation. Delhi has the Governments of State and Centre, various offices and embassies also. If one government is going to tap another government, where are you going?” Naidu asked.

Naidu also met BJP President Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday.