MLA poaching case: TRS HC allows Cyberabad Police to hold investigation; says larger issues involved

In its interim order, the Court said BJP represented by its General Secretary Premendar Reddy has filed a petition with limited information. The Court said since larger issues are involved, the investigation cannot be stalled.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  9 Nov 2022 3:29 AM GMT
MLA poaching case: TRS HC allows Cyberabad Police to hold investigation; says larger issues involved

Telangana High Court has given a go-ahead to Cyberabad Police to investigate the MLA poaching case.

Police have arrested Ramchandra Bharati, K. Nandu Kumar, and Simhayaji Swamy for trying to bribe TRS MLAs including Rohit Reddy. Reddy was offered Rs. 100 crore and central government contracts if they join BJP.

In its interim order, the Court said BJP represented by its General Secretary Premendar Reddy has filed a petition with limited information. The Court said since larger issues are involved, the investigation cannot be stalled.

The Court asked the petitioners to file a counter affidavit with more information.

Earlier two writ petitions were filed by the BJP and the wife of one of the accused demanding a CBI/SIT probe into the poaching case.

Last week, Justice Bollam Vijaysen deferred the investigation into the case.

"This Court is not inclined to continue with the interim order dated 4-11-2022. Further, the writ petition filed by the BJP represented by its General Secretary is kept pending... The petitioner can approach this Court with information available to him... He is always at liberty to canvass his grievance, as he has pleaded before the Court that this entire poaching of TRS MLAs issue has tarnished the image of BJP as larger issues are involved and a detailed hearing is required" Justice Bollam said in his order.

Justice Reddy noted the investigation into a crime of this nature cannot be stalled for an indefinite period.

The Court permitted CP Cyberabad to go ahead with the investigation.

The Court gave liberty to the BJP to file additional documents and material as he deems fit along with the counter affidavit.

Justice Reddy listened to Additional Advocate General J. Ramchandra Rao, J. Prabhakar Rao Counsel for BJP, and Uday Hulla, Senior Counsel and former Advocate General Karnataka High Court, representing the three accused in the case.

The Court fixed the next hearing on November 18.

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