The Lede
Data Theft Row: CEO Of IT Firm Files Plea To Quash Case
2019 Polls

Data Theft Row: CEO Of IT Firm Files Plea To Quash Case



IT Grids, the firm providing IT services to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and is being currently probed by Telangana police for alleged data theft, on Friday moved the Telangana High Court with a plea to quash the case against it.

Even as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is on the lookout for IT Grids CEO D Ashok, he filed the quash petition. Denying allegations of data theft, he pleaded for dismissing the case.

Alleging that the case was fabricated, Ashok sought a stay on all proceedings as an immediate relief. The petition may come up for hearing on Saturday or Monday.

Cyberabad police had booked a case against IT Grids on March 2 on a complaint by T Lokeswara Reddy that sensitive data, including personal information of citizens of Andhra Pradesh, was being processed illegally by the company without consent of the citizens. The data was allegedly used by the company for an app developed by it for TDP cadres.

The Telangana government on Wednesday constituted the SIT for thorough investigations into the case.

The police case and subsequent developments triggered a row between the Telugu states with Andhra Pradesh alleging that TDP’s data was stolen under a conspiracy by Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress party.

In a tit-for-tat, Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday set up SIT to probe the data theft case against Telangana.

Telangana’s SIT on Friday seized the office of IT Grids located in Madhapur, Hyderabad.

The police, which already seized some hard-disks and electronic gadgets, also took possession of computers and some other material and sealed the office. Some police personnel were deployed there to prevent entry of any person.

The nine-member SIT, constituted on Wednesday, is analysing the data in the hard-disks.