HC Stays till Dec 5 Order Asking BJP Leader BL Santosh to Appear for SIT Questioning

The Telangana excessive courtroom has ordered a keep until December 5 on the discover issued to Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) nationwide basic secretary BL Santosh within the MLA poaching case.

Via the order issued below Part 41-A of the Legal Process Code, the particular investigation staff (SIT) fashioned to research the case had requested the senior BJP chief to seem for questioning on November 26 or 28. The BJP chief then moved the courtroom to quash the order, stating it didn’t specify on what grounds he was being summoned.

Notices below 41A are issued the place the arrest of an individual is just not required, however cheap suspicion exists in opposition to the stated individual. Senior counsel Prakash Reddy, who appeared on behalf of Santosh, stated the police didn’t point out sure important particulars required within the order.

This was the second order issued in opposition to BL Santosh within the MLA poaching case. The primary discover was issued on November 16, asking him to seem on November 21. The BJP chief had stayed away citing election work. The courtroom had then requested the SIT to present him extra time to seem and had allowed issuance of a second order.

THE CASE

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 Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders into the BJP. The arrest got here after a raid performed on the idea of a tip-off by TRS chief Pilot Rohit Reddy. He alleged that whereas he was supplied Rs 100 crore to affix the saffron celebration, three others had been promised Rs 50 crore every.

Following the arrests, audio recordings of the alleged conversations among the many accused began doing the rounds on the web, during which Santosh’s identify is allegedly talked about.

NOTICES ISSUED

Aside from the BJP chief, two extra individuals — Pratap Goud, a lawyer from Hyderabad, and Chitralekha, spouse of prime accused, Nanda Kumar — have been additionally served notices to seem over the past listening to.

Earlier than that, notices had been served to 3 different individuals — Dr Jaggu Swamy, Tushar Vellapally (president of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena) and A Srinivas (a lawyer stated to be a distant relative of Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar). Up to now, solely Srinivas has appeared earlier than the SIT.

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