The Telugu Desam Party's official website went down on Wednesday for hours, shortly after the Telangana government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the alleged data theft by the TDP. The YSRCP is alleging that the website, along with the Seva Mitra App, were shut down deliberately by the TDP to cover up its tracks.
"In the ongoing scam of data theft, it was proved beyond reasonable doubt that Chandrababu Naidu is caught in the wrong foot which is evident by the fact that TDP website has been shut down along with the functioning of Seva Mitra App as a precursor to the shutting down of the Party from governance," YSRCP spokespersons, Vasiredddy Padma and Ambati Rambabu addressing the media said.
On Thursday, the website www.telugudesam.org displayed the error of '1016 DNS error'. Though the website was restored on Friday, it still showed error messages for some users. The New Indian Express reported that even the online transactions for donations to the party were put on hold by the TDP IT wing.
The SIT headed by Inspector General of Police, Stephen Ravindra was constituted on Thursday to investigate the allegations of data theft. The SIT chief claimed that the data of Telangana voters had also been compromised through the TDP's Seva Mitra app.
In retaliation to the Telangana SIT, the Andhra police too constituted a SIT to investigate if the Telangana government stole the TDP cadre's data at the behest of YSRCP.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought information from the Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Department and has forwarded the complaint filed regarding data theft allegations.
Real-Time Governance Society Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Babu told TOI, “IT secretary has asked us information following a complaint forwarded from ECI on the issue. We have given the information to the IT secretary and the same to be sent to ECI. We haven’t received any letter from UIDAI.”