Breaking the party’s silence over the issue of alleged data theft by an IT firm linked to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao (KTR) on Monday said Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu should not fear an investigation if he has not done anything wrong.
KTR also rubbished the allegation that the TRS and YSR Congress Party, the main opposition party in AP, are colluding against the TDP.
“The Telangana police is conducting the inquiry as the company’s head office is located in Hyderabad," KTR said at a press conference on Monday. He rubbished allegations made by TDP leaders who claimed the case against IT Grids Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad was one of conspiracy by the Telangana government.
The case has been registered against the Hyderabad-based IT Grids Pvt Ltd, which created the Seva Mitra app for the TDP to use for its election campaign work. The allegation by a complainant, Lokeswara Reddy, is that IT Grids allegedly stole the official database of beneficiaries in AP for voter profiling.
Based on his complaint, the Cyberabad police, along with the cybercrime officials, raided the office of IT Grids and reportedly took four people in custody for questioning last week. A case was registered on Saturday for data theft. Naidu, in a press release on 2 March, however, alleged that the ruling TRS is helping leak private data of the TDP to the YSR Congress Party, and is trying to influence the upcoming state (and Lok Sabha) polls in AP.
“With whose permission did the Andhra Pradesh government give the confidential data to a private company, which provided app services to the TDP. The AP government provided the voter list, personal details, and Aadhar data to the company which renders software and tech support to the Telugu Desam Party. If Naidu and Lokesh (his son) have not done anything wrong, they shouldn’t fear an investigation," he stated.
The issue had caused a stand-off between the Telangana and AP police last Saturday, when the latter tried to enter the office of IT Grids. The AP police were acting on a complaint lodged by the IT company’s management that some of its employees were missing. They were, however, not allowed to enter the premises.