Murky details emerge in Telangana phone-tapping case after investigation

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Hyderabad: More murky details emerged in the remand report of ex-Taskforce DCP Radha Kishan Rao on Monday after police investigation picked up in the phone-tapping case.

Radha Kishan Rao is named as accused number four in the case. The other three accused are ex-SIB DSP Praneeth Rao, two additional SPs Bhujanga Rao and Tirupatanna.

Caste caucus formation:

As per the remand report, T Prabhakar Rao, the former SIB chief, allegedly formed a ‘caste caucus’ to make sure of KCR’s victory in 2018 Assembly elections and helped in transporting money during Dubbaka by-election in 2020, Munugode by-election 2022 and during Telangana Assembly elections in 2023.

A special police team was allegedly formed for the victory of the BRS party and vehicles were allocated to the task force team. Only opposition parties were snooped and targeted including the BJP.

During elections in December 2018, Praneeth Rao shared inputs to Radha Kishan Rao, due to which they seized Rs 70 lakh at Paradise in the Ramagopalpet police station limits, which belonged to Mr Anand Prasad of M/s Bhavya cement & Co, who was contesting as candidate from TDP from Serilingampally constituency.

During Dubbaka by-election in 2020, Praneeth Rao reportedly shared technical surveillance and identified the target on the field with their field staff. His taskforce team seized cash of Rs 1 crore in Begumpet, which belonged to a Siddipet based chit fund company, who were related to then BJP candidate Raghunandan Rao.

Similar practices were followed during Munugode by-election in 2022 with 3.5 crore in cash being seized from Komati Reddy Rajagopal Reddy’s Associates.

Phone-tapping case:

The phone-tapping case came to light after Praneeth Rao was arrested on March 13 for developing profiles of several private individuals without authorization, monitoring their movements and erasing sensitive, official data from official computer systems in the SIB.

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