Hyderabad (TOI): Giving a dramatic turn to note-for-vote scandal, TDP leaders on Monday filed multiple FIRs against Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao for allegedly tapping phones of party MLAs and trying to defame Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
The development came a day after an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson was aired on some TV channels. Reacting sharply to what they alleged was a conspiracy by the Telangana government to defame Naidu, TDP leaders lodged FIRs against Chandrasekhar Rao, officials of the Telanagana anti-corruption bureau (ACB) and some TV channels.
The FIRs were registered at various police stations in Krishna, Guntur, Visakhapatnam and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. The complainants included irrigation minister Umamaheswar Rao and some legislators. They claimed that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government fabricated the audio tape aired by some TV channels to implicate Naidu in a false case.
The audio tape was aired on Sunday night, among others by T News, a Telugu news channel owned by the TRS. Cases under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to criminal conspiracy and forgery were booked.
TDP leaders and activists in different part of Andhra Pradesh took to the streets to protest the TRS government. They raised slogans against KCR, as Chandrasekhar Rao is popularly called, and burnt his effigies.
As the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) inches closer to summoning Naidu for questioning in the case, the TDP government in a counter-move had on Sunday decided to complain to the Centre against the K Chandrashekar Rao-led TRS government for snooping on him.
“If the TRS has one point to accuse Naidu, then we have many to complain against KCR. Based on the statement of Telangana home minister N Narasimha Reddy, it is evident that the Telangana government has tapped the phones of our CM and other MLAs,” AP irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswar Rao told TOI.
Amid reports that the ACB was preparing to arraign him in the bribery case, Naidu on Sunday met Narasimha at Raj Bhavan. In a closed-door meeting, the AP chief minister is understood to have complained against Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao of tapping his telephone.
“As Hyderabad is a common capital and we have the common governor, we have all the rights take the matter to the Raj Bhavan. We have not only petitioned the governor, we are also going to take it up with the Centre,” Umamaheswar said.
Naidu’s meeting with the governor significantly comes amid reports that the ACB was going to use the AP CM’s telephonic conversation with nominated Anglo Indian MLA Elvis Stephenson as the main proof among other evidence, gathered to name him in the case.
The Telangana CM along with the ACB director general had met Narasimhan on Friday stoking speculations that the investigating agency was preparing grounds for seeking the governor’s sanction to prosecute the AP CM.