Vijayawada: The Rajya Sabha MP and YSRCP leader, Mr V. Vijayasai Reddy, wrote to the Andhra Pradesh director general of police, Gautham Sawang, alleging that the letter purportedly written by former State Election Commissioner (SEC) N. Ramesh Kumar was forged and urged him to investigate the origins of the letter.

Mr Vijayasai Reddy said there was a conspicuous difference in the SEC’s signature in the letter seeking. “I strongly believe that the letter was forged and fabricated in the Telugu Desam Party’s office in Guntur as is evident from the difference in Mr Ramesh Kumar’s signatures,” the MP wrote.

The letter, allegedly written by Mr Ramesh Kumar to the Union Home Ministry, had surfaced on 18 March but its authenticity and origin had remained doubtful. In the letter, the former SEC had sought Central forces for his protection and conduct of elections.

Sources said it is believed that the documents were forged by the TDP with the knowledge of Mr Ramesh Kumar. The letter was drafted by Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, a Rajya Sabha MP, at the insistence of Varla Ramaiah, the former chairman of APSRTC, and the TDP MLC, T.D Janardan, Mr Reddy added.

He requested the DGP to investigate the origins of the letter with the support of the Central Forensic Laboratory. He also requested him to trace the IP address of the email sent to the Union Home Ministry with the support of cybercrimes investigation teams.

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