The Hyderabad-based IT Grids firm chief, Dakavarapu Ashok, who has been absconding from the Telangana police, had filed a petition in the High Court through his advocates. Even as the Telangana police have issued a look out notice for him, Ashok filed two petitions in the High Court seeking dismissal of the cases filed against him or transfer them to the Andhra Pradesh capital, Amaravati.
Ashok, who had been helping the ruling Telugu Desam Party through a mobile application – SevaMitra – for the party cadre, is accused in the theft of AP data. The Telangana police have filed cases against him and seized his office in Madhapur for stealing the government data. Though the AP government said that its data was not stolen and the data is completely protected from any theft, the Telangana police continue to claim that there was data of the people in the possession of the IT Grids, against the existing laws.
However, Ashok accused the Telangana police of conspiring against him in collusion with the YSR Congress, as he was working for the TDP. He also alleged that the Telangana police have filed false cases against him and wanted the High Court to dismiss all the cases. If dismissal of the cases is not possible, he wanted the High Court to transfer the case to Andhra Pradesh, as the data is claimed to be that of Andhra Pradesh.
He said that the case filed against him doesn’t stand for legal scrutiny as the complainant Lokesh Reddy is not a resident of Andhra Pradesh. The case thus doesn’t come under the jurisdiction of Telangana police, Ashok said. He further told the High Court that he was doing IT business for his clients and his work for the TDP is not against the law of the land. He further informed the court that he did not steal the official data of the Andhra Pradesh government to favour the ruling TDP as alleged by the complainant and the Telangana police.
Ashok, though his whereabouts are not known yet, sent two letters to the High Court in the form of petitions, through his advocates. It is to be seen how the High Court would take these petitions when the State police have issued a look out notice for him.