Lashing out against the Telangana police for registering “false" cases against IT Grinds India Pvt Ltd, the software company which created the in-house ‘Sevamitra’ app for the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday alleged that the main opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre were all conspiring against the TDP.
Reiterating that the alleged data theft by IT Grids is nothing but a conspiracy, Naidu, while addressing a press conference, termed the Telangana police’s actions “illegal" and added that even the Namo app of the BJP works in a similar was as the ‘Sevamitra’ app. “The conspiracy started with the lodging of a complaint to Chief Election Commissioner of India by YSRCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy on February 19. It had his party’s action plan to further the data theft case," Naidu alleged, while addressing a press conference at Amaravati on Saturday.
The AP chief minister asserted that the Telangana police should have informed the Andhra Pradesh government if any data pertaining to his state has been stolen, instead of registering a case against IT Grids. “That is my data, my government. You should phone our IT secretary and tell that data has been stolen. But like thieves, they stole our (TDP) data and filed a case. So we also filed a case (against the Telangana police)," Naidu said.
The Telangana police on Thursday claimed that it found data related to the state in its investigation into the alleged data theft by IT Grids India Pvt Ltd, which created the 'Sevamitra' app for the TDP to collect voter data on the polling-booth level. Stephen Ravindra, inspector general of police (Hyderabad Range), who is heading the special investigation team (SIT) formed by the state government a day earlier to investigate the alleged data theft by IT Grids, however did not specify as to what information from Telangana is with the software company.
The police claimed that through the app, the IT company had constituency-wise voter data, including the preference or political inclinations of voters, and also has access to government data using which it has profiled voters for various political purposes. The case was registered at the Madhapur police station under the Cyberabad police limits (which comprises the IT corridor of Hyderabad). It was later transferred to the SIT, which was formed by the Telangana government.
“The action of Telangana police as day light robbery, and the police raided the IT grid company and took away TDP data. This was done as per the direction of Telangana chief m.inister K. Chandrashekhar Rao," Naidu stated.