BJP National General 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 court docket had directed police to not arrest the senior BJP chief as he was not named as an accused but it surely 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 crew shaped within the case.

The Telangana Excessive Court docket allowed the SIT to concern a contemporary discover underneath part 41A of the Code of Prison 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 resulting from elections. Aside from him, two others — Hyderabad-based lawyer Pratap Goud and the prime accused’s spouse Chitralekha — had been additionally served notices.

In a latest 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 costs. He’s making an attempt to tarnish the picture of the BJP,” Kumar mentioned.

Earlier, notices had 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). To date, solely Srinivas has appeared earlier than the SIT.

Three individuals — Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Simhayaji and Nanda Kumar — had 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, based mostly on a tip-off by TRS chief Pilot Rohit Reddy. He alleged that whereas he was provided Rs 100 crore to affix 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 might be heard speaking to Rohit Reddy about negotiations and the variety of MLAs they wished. Santhosh’s title figures prominently within the dialog. He’s allegedly the particular person orchestrating the deal, the boys 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 important 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 crew to submit its report in a sealed envelope to stop leak to media. Nonetheless, the SC bench discovered among the instructions given by the HC not sustainable in legislation.

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