BJP Nationwide Normal Secy BL Santhosh Named As Accused in ‘MLA Poachgate’
The nationwide secretary of the BJP, BL Santosh was named as an accused within the alleged poaching of MLAs in Telangana. The variety of accused within the case now stands at seven. In an earlier listening to, the courtroom had directed police to not arrest the senior BJP chief as he was not named as an accused however it stays to be seen how issues proceed now.
Spokesperson for the BJP, Krishna Sagar Rao mentioned the social gathering didn’t have any feedback on the event for now. Santhosh, in the meantime, was additionally served a second discover on Wednesday to seem for interrogation by the particular investigation workforce shaped within the case.
The Telangana Excessive Court docket allowed the SIT to problem a recent discover underneath part 41A of the Code of Felony Process after Santhosh failed to seem after the primary discover. Justice B Vijayasen Reddy requested the SIT to serve the discover by electronic mail or WhatsApp.
The BJP chief has been requested to seem for questioning on November 26. He didn’t seem as directed on November 21, citing a busy schedule as a result of elections. Aside from him, two others — Hyderabad-based lawyer Pratap Goud and the prime accused’s spouse Chitralekha — have been additionally served notices.
In a current state government assembly, Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar mentioned his social gathering is not going to spare the Telangana Rashtra Samithi for “harassing” Santhosh. He mentioned the BJP chief was a selfless pracharak working for the nation.
“Who’re these people who find themselves taking names of Santhosh in these movies? They don’t have something to do with the BJP. KCR is afraid as a result of his social gathering leaders are being probed for corruption expenses. He’s attempting to tarnish the picture of the BJP,” Kumar mentioned.
Earlier, notices have been served to 4 individuals — Santhosh, Dr Jaggu Swamy, Tushar Vellapally (president of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena) and A Srinivas (a lawyer recognized to be a distant relative of the Telangana BJP chief). Thus far, solely Srinivas has appeared earlier than the SIT.
Three individuals — Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Simhayaji and Nanda Kumar — have been arrested by Cyberabad police in October from a farmhouse in Moinabad after they allegedly tried to lure 4 TRS leaders into the BJP. The arrest got here after a raid was performed, primarily based on a tip-off by TRS chief Pilot Rohit Reddy. He alleged that whereas he was supplied Rs 100 crore to hitch the saffron social gathering, three others had been promised Rs 50 crore every.
Following the arrests, alleged audio recordings of the conversations among the many prime accused began making rounds on the web. The three prime accused will be heard speaking to Rohit Reddy about negotiations and the variety of MLAs they wished. Santhosh’s identify figures prominently within the dialog. He’s allegedly the particular person orchestrating the deal, the lads within the dialog are heard saying.
SC asks Telangana HC to rethink petition for CBI probe
In a associated improvement, the Supreme Court docket quashed the instructions handed by the Telangana HC on November 15, which allowed the SIT to probe the alleged poaching case. In response to a petition filed by the three fundamental accused within the case, the SC requested the HC to rethink the plea filed by them asking for switch of the case to CBI.
The HC had requested the SIT to not report back to any political or government company. It had additionally requested the workforce to submit its report in a sealed envelope to forestall leak to media. Nevertheless, the SC bench discovered among the instructions given by the HC not sustainable in legislation.
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