Senior BJP chief BL Santhosh will not be questioned for now within the case of alleged conspiracy to “purchase” 4 MLAs from Chief Minister Ok Chandrashekar Rao’s TRS because the Telangana Excessive Courtroom in the present day granted a keep until December 5 on notices issued to him by the Particular Investigation Staff (SIT) that is probing the allegations.
BL Santhosh had approached the court docket after the SIT had issued a second discover to BJP Nationwide Normal Secretary (Organisation) Mr Santhosh to seem both on November 26 or November 28, following instructions from the Telangana Excessive Courtroom. He’s but to seem earlier than the investigation staff.
Mr Santhosh could have cited Gujarat election associated work, which he has been busy with. It was one of many causes he cited for him not being accessible in Delhi when the discover was to be issued to him. The primary discover was to be issued to him by the Delhi Police.
On November 21, he mentioned he didn’t obtain the primary discover, which was dated November 16. The court docket then mentioned that it may very well be despatched to him by way of e-mail and WhatsApp. Subsequently, he was requested to seem earlier than the SIT for questioning on November 26 or November 28.
Karuna Sagar, BJP lawyer, mentioned the court docket had not discovered enough foundation to challenge notices beneath Part 41.
The SIT had on Thursday filed a memo in a particular Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court docket in Hyderabad, including the names of Mr Santhosh and two individuals from Kerala — Jaggu Swami and Tushar Vellapally — apart from B Srinivas, as accused within the case. A prime supply mentioned that was as a result of the three folks had been dodging the SIT and never showing for questioning.
Three folks — Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy — had been already named as accused within the case and arrested final month, for allegedly making “a suggestion of Rs 100 crore” to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislators at a farmhouse. A grievance was lodged by TRS MLA Pilot Rohith Reddy, amongst 4 legislators, towards them on October 26.
Rohith Reddy alleged that the accused supplied him Rs 100 crore and in return the legislator needed to go away the TRS and contest as a BJP candidate within the subsequent Meeting election.
The Cyberabad police had registered a case primarily based on audio tapes that had been leaked first, after which video clips additionally shared by the Chief Minister Rao. The Chief Minister had performed out clips from the tapes and had claimed that ‘proof’ runs into virtually one lakh pages.
The Telangana authorities on November 9 ordered the organising of a seven-member SIT to probe into the alleged poaching of the MLAs. The BJP had sought a CBI probe into the episode. The Excessive Courtroom had mentioned the SIT, headed by Hyderabad police commissioner CV Anand, may proceed with the probe, and it could be monitored by a decide. The SC in its order dated November 21 mentioned it can’t be monitored by a Excessive Courtroom decide, and had requested the excessive court docket to independently study the plea asking for a CBI probe.
The poaching allegations come amid heightened political rivalry as Chief Minister Rao, or ‘KCR’, lately renamed the TRS to Bharat Rashtra Samithi to intention for a nationwide position towards PM Modi and the BJP in 2024.
It additionally comes at a time when there have been ED and IT raids on Telangana ministers. Final week, Telangana minister Gangula Kamalakar, who’s into mining companies, was raided by ED groups in Karimnagar. This week, Telangana’s labour and employment minister, whose household runs a number of schools, was raided by IT groups who had been accompanied by the CRPF.
Malla Reddy yesterday filed a police grievance alleging harassment by IT officers. He mentioned his elder son Mahender Reddy needed to be hospitalised due to that. After a plea within the Excessive Courtroom by Malla Reddy’s second son Bhadra, a keep on continuing additional within the case has been granted for 4 weeks.