Telangana MLA poaching case takes new turn, HC asks accused to surrender

NationalTelangana MLA poaching case takes new turn, HC asks accused to surrender

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Hyderabad: The MLA poaching case in Telangana which has kicked up a political shindy across the country took a new turn on Saturday when the high court rejected a lower court’s order declining remand of the three accused with alleged links in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Justice Chillakur Sumalatha issued the order on a petition filed by the Cyberabad police which pleaded before the high court to turn down the order of the Anti-corruption Bureau’s (ACB) special judge who rejected the remand of the accused.

The court directed the alleged accused in the case Ramachandra Bharathi aka Satish Sharma, Kore Nanda Kumar alias Nandu and Simhayaji to surrender to the police in Cyberabad within 24 hours of issuing the order. The high court further said that if the police produce them again, the lower court should keep the accused in remand.

The first additional special judge of ACB turned down Cyberabad police’s plea for keeping the accused in remand when the accused were presented before the court on Thursday night. At the time of rejecting the plea of the Cyberabad police, the special judge observed that the cops did not issue any notice to the accused under the Criminal Procedure Code. The high court, however, observed that the lower court did not comply with the Supreme Court verdict on the matter. The court said that if the inquiry officer feels that serving a notice is not required, he may go ahead with his action.

All the three people with alleged BJP links were arrested from a farmhouse in Moinabad near Hyderabad on the night of October 26. They allegedly offered a huge amount of dough to four legislators of Bharatiya Rashtriya Samiti (BRS).

On the grounds of information provided by Pilot Rohit Reddy, one of the four legislators who were offered money, the police raided the farmhouse. Reddy said that he had been offered Rs 100 crore and others Rs 50 crore each. They were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

They were produced before a magistrate on the night of October 27 but he refused to send them to judicial custody, citing lack of evidence. Nevertheless, as the magistrate refused to keep them on remand, the police released the accused. The police then filed a petition to the high court. A team of the BRS released the telephonic talks between Ramchandra Bharati and Rohit Reddy.

Meanwhile, the MLA poaching incident has impacted the BJP’s campaigning for the Munigode assembly by election.

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