After a gap of 13 years, Dhanush and Sneha are coming together for a film helmed by Durai Senthilkumar, who directed the former in the political thriller Kodi. Sneha played Dhanush’s pair in Pudhupettai, a gangster saga in 2006. The new movie is bankrolled by Sathya Jyothi Films and will reportedly see Dhanush playing a dual role of father and son. One may recall Kodi also featured the national award winner in a double role as twin brothers.
Shooting for the portions involving Dhanush and Sneha started in Coutrallam recently. Vivek-Mervin composes the music and Om Prakash does the cinematography.The film has musical score by the scintillating musical duo of Vivek-Mervin and Om Prakash handles the cinematography.
Sathya Jyothi Films have also lined up yet another film with Dhanush and Raatchasan fame Ram Kumar directing it.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) spokesperson Yamini Sadineni on Friday filed a police complaint against those who were trolling her and posting objectionable content against her on the social media.
In a complaint filed at the Pattabhipuram police station in Guntur, she sought action against those trying to defame her on the social media.
She said despite the cyber laws, some people were running a campaign to defame her by by trolling her and posting objectionable content against her on social media platforms.
Claiming that women leaders in all the parties were facing harassment on the social media, she sought stringent action against those violating cyber laws.
She alleged that some people managed to secure her cellphone number and posted the same on Facebook and Twitter. She said some unknown persons were harassing her by making calls even at midnight.
The TDP leader said she welcomed political criticism but would not tolerate if the rivals cross their limits.
A young entrepreneur, Yamini was appointed TDP spokesperson last year. She heads the IT company Shreeyam Group.
Back in October 2018, when investigators arrived at her doorstep to arrest her in New Delhi, the 44-year-old “soft spoken” Nowhera Shaik, had a request: “‘Please arrest me after two days as I have got an appointment with a top Congress leader”.
The sleuths however, took her into custody and brought her to Hyderabad. Thereafter, during several rounds of questioning, Ms Shaik, managing director of the Heera Group, has not uttered a word about her deals. Now, almost five months later the TS police is mulling handing over the case to the CBI.
But the glitch seems to be a political party that is reportedly coming in the way of the CBI taking over, for reasons that also remain a mystery to many, just like Nowhera Shaik.
Ms Shaik will be questioned yet again by investigators next week, once they obtain her custody. She will be confronted with her most trusted aides, Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas, in the hope that some contradictions may surface in their testimonies.
Sources disclosed to Deccan Chronicle that ever since Nowhera Shaik’s arrest, all that the police have learnt so far is this: 1) That she was running a Ponzi like scam by attracting huge deposits 2) The scam is to the tune of Rs 5,700 crore with deposits made by nearly two lakh people 3) She has about 200 bank accounts through which she was reportedly carrying out her shady deals. Her turnover in 2017-18 alone stood at Rs 900 crore, and in all her business ventures, she was making a profit of about 90 per cent 4) there were foreign currency deposits to the tune of Rs 250 crore in her accounts and 5) most importantly, she is also believed to have links with, and involved in, financing some banned outfits linked to terrorism, information of which was passed on to the National Investigating Agency.
While all her properties across the country have been attached, investigators are struggling to get more information on her properties abroad, particularly in the UAE, and her bank accounts there.
“Each time she was questioned, she did not utter a word and so far she has not shared anything with regard to her deals. There are 40 cases against her nationwide and agencies like SFIO, Enforcement Directorate, NIA and police of various states are working on the case. But the case is too big and she continues to be a mystery. Only the CBI can probe a case of this magnitude and discussions are going on (to hand over the case to the central agency),’’ a senior official told this newspaper, adding that this is a case as complex in nature as the Nirav Modi case.
While the Telangana state police appears determined to hand over the case to the CBI, a particular political party, which is considered close to the ruling TRS, is reportedly coming in the way of the proposal.
‘’They want the case to remain with the Hyderabad police, the reasons for which are not known. The reasons appear to be much more than merely political in nature,’’ sources said.
Investigators are now “arming’’ themselves with more questions to be posed to Nowhera Shaik, who is presently in Cherlapally central prison.
Among her two aides, Molly Thomas has proved to be a tough nut to crack. Biju Thomas has also not revealed anything significant so far except pointing at a hard disk containing the number of depositors (close to 2 lakh).
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 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 data theft case against Telangana.
TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is fond of commissioning surveys on the performance of government, MLAs, MPs and poll prospects of parties.
In Telangana, KCR commissioned surveys for four years in his first term every three months, based on survey results he took decisions on introduction of new schemes and selection of candidates, which fetched huge dividends for TRS in recent TS Assembly polls.
Continuing this trend, KCR commissioned surveys by four independent agencies in Andhra Pradesh which is going for Assembly polls soon to assess the pulse of voters and to assess which party will come to power.
The latest survey commissioned by KCR revealed a clear victory for YSRCP in AP Assembly polls.
The survey revealed that YSRCP will bag 95 to 110 seats out of 175 seats and form the next government in AP.
The TDP will be restricted to just 55 seats.
The survey revealed that Jana Sena, BJP and Congress will not show any impact as they all together would not bag more than 20 seats.
Interestingly, the previous round of TRS survey predicted 105 to 110 seats for YSRCP but it came down slightly in the latest survey.
This is due to few sudden welfare schemes announced by Chandrababu Naidu recently such as direct cash transfer to accounts of lakhs of beneficiaries like farmers, women, unemployed etc, which slightly improved the tally of TDP.
Hitherto, the survey revealed that TDP was facing severe anti-incumbency and is bound to lose the polls at the hands of YSRCP.
KCR laid special focus on AP politics this time and commissioning surveys through four independent agencies and getting reports twice in a month.
KCR announced to give ‘return gift’ to Naidu by working for his defeat in AP Assembly polls and his poll surveys are aimed to achieve this goal.
KCR is learnt to be sharing his survey results with YSRCP and alerting them on their deficiencies in various constituencies and asking them to take rectification measures immediately.
Stepping up his attack over the alleged data theft issue, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday called the Centre and the Telangana government economic terrorists and accused them of filing cases and causing “mental torture”.
Pointing to the registration of case against an IT firm in Hyderabad for alleged theft of data of voters in Andhra Pradesh through a mobile app of ruling TDP, he termed it as a case against the state government and asserted he would protect the sovereign rights of his state.
Addressing a press conference, Naidu alleged that the Centre and the Telangana governments were striking at the economic roots.
“Both the Government of India and the Telangana government are working as terrorists, economic terrorists. They are causing mental torture and killing the leadership. This is atrocious…attacking persons, foisting cases, terrorising them… who gave you this authority?” he asked.
Naidu said the Centre had betrayed the people of Andhra Pradesh for last five years; if the state government asks for something, they answer with an ED or I-T raid, alleged Naidu.
Criticising the Telangana government’s probe over data breach, Naidu said,“They have stolen my party’s data, they dismantled my service providers. It is a designed plan. The vendetta is for my state. They have stolen my data and handed it over to the Opposition. At the same time they are blaming the state government for data breach? Who are you to blame? I am here to protect my data. We are very clear having 65 lakh cadre data. Only service and education and insurance are monitored. This is a serious crime.”
The Andhra CM urged the EC to intervene in the matter.
“They have deleted some votes by using form 7, that itself is a crime. We request EC that nobody should venture to delete genuine voters. It is a big crime and I request for an immediate action,” said Naidu.
Asking why the Telangana government was having so much “love for me and our state”, Naidu claimed Telangana owed Rs 5,000 crore to AP on power supply and had not given its properties (after the bifurcation).
Alleging that the Telangana Chief Minister was acting hand-in-glove with the YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, he asked if both of them wanted to “burn down” Andhra Pradesh.
“What is your intention? Both of you want to burn down the state? I will not let that happen till my last breath. I will fight it out. No question of compromise,” the TDP supremo said.
Stating that AP was an independent government, the Chief Minister said he would protect its sovereign rights.
“Today Telangana, tomorrow Karnataka will do, Tamil Nadu will do, Odisha will do. What is your intention? If anybody files case against a state government where are we going? Where is the Constitution? Doing wrong things for political gains is not right,” he added.
Naidu claimed that there was no blemish on him in his 40-year political career. Now they are slinging mud on me. Causing mental torture, he alleged.
Earlier this week, Naidu had alleged Reddy was involved in ‘cyber conspiracy (data theft issue)’ and Prashant Kishor was giving “such ill advice” to YSRC.
The TDP and TRS are locked in a war of words since the case was registered on March 2 against the IT firm for alleged theft of data of voters through “Seva Mitra” mobile app, used by the TDP in Andhra Pradesh.
Cyberabad police in Hyderabad had conducted searches at the firm and claimed to have seized several “incriminating” material, including computer hard discs.
A special investigation team has been constituted to probe the case.
Police have issued notices to Amazon Web Services and Google Play as they were said to have stored the app database in their servers.
The TDP government has dismissed the charge of data theft and sought transfer of the case from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh while Naidu has accused BJP and TRS of helping YSRC.
TRS working president K T Rama Rao had said Telangana police was only probing the charges as per a complaint and asked Naidu why he should fear a probe if he had not done anything wrong.