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HC dismisses suspended intelligence officer D. Praneeth Rao petition on phone tapping case

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court on Thursday dismissed the petition of suspended intelligence officer D. Praneeth Rao, who challenged a lower court’s order handing him over to police custody in a phone tapping case.Praneeth Rao, the former Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB), is being questioned by the Special Investigation Team about the allegations that he tapped the phones of opposition leaders prior to 2023.

A lower court had last week remanded him to police custody for seven days. Challenging the order and complaining that he was being questioned round the clock, the suspended DSP had filed the Memorandum of Criminal Revision Petition. During the hearing on the petition, public prosecutor P. Nageshwar Rao had submitted to the court that Praneeth Rao was being questioned as per the orders of the lower court.The High Court was also told that the police station where he was being inquired has all the required facilities. The public prosecutor told the court that the petitioner was speaking to his parents from the phone of his lawyer. Justice Radha Rami, who heard the contentions from both sides, pronounced the orders on Thursday.

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