Dedicated Police Team Tracked Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy

Dedicated Police Team Tracked Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy

At least 25 police officers were assembled to create a dedicated team with the specific goal of tracking Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy during his tenure as an opposition leader under the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) regime. Sources familiar with the matter revealed that this surveillance initiative was prompted by Revanth's direct and personal attacks on BRS leadership, including the then Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The team, comprised of selected "most trusted and efficient officers" as chosen by intelligence chiefs, was assigned various tasks aimed at monitoring Revanth's activities. These tasks ranged from phone tapping to keeping a close eye on his residence in Banjara Hills. In addition, efforts were made to identify and track individuals who were financially supporting Revanth, especially during election periods, alongside monitoring his political maneuvers.

While several opposition figures were subjected to scrutiny, Revanth emerged as the primary focus of the surveillance efforts, with former BRS minister and current BJP leader Eatala Rajender also being closely monitored following his fallout with KCR in 2021. The initiative to monitor Revanth reportedly intensified in 2018 when he joined the Congress party and was appointed as the Telangana Pradesh Congress working president. The team dedicated to tracking Revanth, established within the Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), operated until the assembly election results were declared in December 2023.

Sources highlighted Revanth's confrontational stance not only towards KCR but also towards his family members and close associates, which contributed to him being singled out for surveillance. The motivations behind initiating this surveillance, whether independently driven within the SIB or upon orders from political authorities, sparked speculation. Despite ongoing investigations into the phone-tapping case, no recorded conversations have been uncovered thus far. The former SIB deputy superintendent of police, D Praneeth Rao, was alleged to have deleted stored data and destroyed electronic devices, but investigators managed to track the phone numbers of opposition leaders and their associates who were under surveillance, leading to Praneeth being the first police officer arrested in connection with the case.