Phone tapping issue in Andhra Pradesh which sent shock waves in the state political circles has now turned into a serious affair at High Court. While the ongoing court hearings became the most debatable issue in the legal fraternity as well, the High Court of Friday gave an unexpected jolt to almost 16 parties.
Issuing notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and 16 telecom service providers, the state High Court asked the respondents to appear before the court either in person or through their lawyers.
In the line of the fresh instructions, the respondents including the giants like Reliance, Jio, Vodaphone, Airtel & BSNL and Andhra Pradesh Internet Services Providers Association need to send their replies to the notices within four weeks.
The issue hit the High Court steps with petitioner, Nakka Nimmy Grace from Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam filing public interest litigation seeking a special investigation into the allegations of telephone tapping of the judges.
The petitioner appealed to the court to order a CBI probe to bring out the facts in the phone tapping as the affair involves a few high profile government servants.
Shocking everyone, the petitioner in his PIL alleged that Government Biswabhusan Harichandan is misusing his power maintaining close surveillance on the movements of judges in utter disregard for the judiciary.
On the other hand, BJP leaders have sent clear signals that the centre will not involve in this issue while main opposition intensified the fight starting with a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.