Amaravati: Former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Kodela Siva Prasad’s son Sivaram surrendered in Mangalagiri Court on Wednesday. A case was registered, and an arrest warrant was issued against him in the assembly furniture shifting case. “The court sanctioned bail immediately, as he submitted necessary sureties. He has to report to the Tullur police station on every Friday,” told Sivaram’s advocate Abdul Razak.
The assembly furniture shifting case has become sensational in both Telugu states. Some furniture was shifted to Kodela’s home and his son Sivaram’s showroom when the AP assembly was shifted from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. The former speaker had written a letter to assembly officials stating they could take back the furniture or he would pay for it.
After a few weeks, the government filed a case against Kodela and his son Sivaram for shifting public assets for private use. The ruling YSRC has alleged that Kodela’s family had stolen the furniture. However, Kodela could not properly substantiate why he moved the furniture. Telugu Desam Party was also tight-lipped when they kept him in the dock.
There were allegations that Kodela’s son and daughter collected large amount from locals and businessmen in the name of ‘K’ tax. The sufferers of ‘K’ tax complained to the police, as TDP lost power in assembly elections. More than 15 cases were filed against the Kodela family. The turnaround of fortunes had worried the former speaker very much.
Kodela’s suicide last month was the worst part of the entire episode. The ruling and opposition parties pointed fingers at each other for his death. The former alleged that TDP isolated him and the latter declared that the ruling party’s harassment killed him.
Now, Sivaram has to fight a lone battle in the furniture shifting case as the yellow party has conveniently distanced itself from the issue.