Naidu alleged that the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra was resorting to tapping the phones of private individuals using sophisticated technologies and illegal software, violating the fundamental rights of citizens.
The development comes even as the Andhra Pradesh High Court has posted the hearing for Tuesday on a petition filed by a lawyer on the phone tapping acts of the government.
The Opposition leader accused the ruling YSR Congress Party of using illegal tactics to protect and preserve its power by intimidating and blackmailing the opponents and dissenting voices, resulting in a serious threat to right to privacy in Andhra.
Pointing out that even private individuals were using cutting-edge technologies and equipment to unlawfully tap the phones, Naidu told the Prime Minister that “If these nefarious activities were not put to an end, they would proliferate and emerge as a bigger threat to national security and sovereignty of the country as a whole. If the Governments and private persons involved in such illegal activities were not restrained, they would attack and undermine the democratic institutions that were painstakingly built over decades of hard work in the country.”
Naidu also submitted to the PM that many Constitutional institutions were under attack since the YSRCP came to power in Andhra. “Systematic attacks were made on the State Election Commission (SEC), AP Public Service Commission (APPSC) and other institutions. Threats were being given to Opposition leaders, judges, media, social activists and all those who raise a dissenting voice against the ruling party’s excesses.”
The Opposition leader said as per the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 (Sec 5 (2)) and Information Technology Act 2000 (Sec 69), phone tapping is to be strictly used only in times of a threat to national security or the country’s sovereignty or to national integration or when friendly relations with foreign countries are under threat.
“It appears that the YSRCP-led Government has not followed any due procedure of law in tapping the phones of people from various walks of life. Thus, it directly stands against Articles 19 and 21 of fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution, wherein right to privacy is violated,” said Naidu. “Further, Section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act and Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 are violated by this Government as there is no reason as per the above acts to tap the phones of leaders of opposition parties, advocates, journalists and social activists.”