The Telangana Police has arrested all the three accused in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Poaching Case.
On the 10th of November, Thursday, the police have taken the accused identified as Mr. Ramachandra Bharati, alias S. Satish Sharma, from Delhi and Mr. Simhayajulu from Tirupati, both said to be temple priests and Mr. Nanda Kumar, a businessman from Hyderabad, a close associate of a union minister, into custody. The arrest was said to be in view of the allegations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to poach the TRS MLAs and offered them Rs. 100 crore. The police booked them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Corruption act. The police detained the three of them and registered a case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 171-B (bribery) read with 171-E (punishment of bribery,) 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and section 8 of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Earlier, the Cyberabad Police arrested the accused in the case and produced before a magistrate court, which granted bail to all the three, Mr. Ramachandra Bharati, Mr. Simhayajulu and Mr. Nanda. However, later, the police filed a petition, demanding custody to the Telangana High Court, which dismissed the orders of lower court and ask them to surrender, following which referred the matter to the Anti Corruption Bureau Court.
The arrest was made after the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court granted the judicial custody of the three accused for the next two days. Moinabad police reached the Chanchalguda jail on Thursday morning and took the accused Nanda Kumar, Ramachandra Bharati and Simhayaji Swamy into their custody. From there they were taken to Rajendranagar Police Station.
As per sources, the three accused would be interrogated for further investigation in the TRS MLA Poaching Case, registered by TRS leader Mr. Pilot Rohit Reddy.
Meanwhile, the Central Government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to conduct a deeper investigation into the case of baiting TRS MLAs. In addition, the TRS Government led by Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, also formed a SIT, for the investigation. Formed in Telangana, the SIT would be headed by Mr. C.V. Anand, the Police Commissioner of Hyderabad with members like senior officials of the Hyderabad Police. Nalgonda Superintendent of Police (SP) Rema Rajeshwari, Cyberabad Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kalmeshwar Singhanwar, Shamshabad DCP Jagadishwar Reddy, Narayanapet SP Venkateshwarlu, Rajendranagar Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gangadhar and Moinabad Station House Officer (SHO) Lakshmi Reddy are members of this team.
Furthermore, the TRS also demanded a Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter, and filed a petition regarding the same in the Supreme Court.
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