Union Minister demands inquiry by CBI or SC judge into ‘attempt to lure’ TRS MLAs, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

(Eds: Adds quote) Hyderabad, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Thursday refuted the allegations that the BJP was trying to lure legislators of the ruling TRS in Telangana into its fold, and demanded an inquiry by CBI or a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, into the whole episode. Speaking to Reporters on the TRS claims that the BJP was resorting to clandestine method to entice its legislators thus trying to destabilize the state government, Reddy said the imminent defeat in Munugode bypoll is haunting “Kalvakuntla family” ( Chief Minister k Chandrasekhar Rao’s family).

Calling it a ‘big conspiracy’ by TRS party, he alleged that they resorted to this kind of new game as their defeat is imminent in Munugode bypoll. “If the TRS government has purity of mind, I request that the case be handed over to the CBI. I am asking whether the state government is ready for this? I am giving two options. Either you get it inquired by a Supreme Court sitting judge or hand over to the CBI as this case is an interstate issue.” He alleged that the script, direction and actors in the whole episode have been supplied by Pragathi Bhavan, the CM’s official residence and camp office. Reddy wondered why details such as quantum of cash found at the scene, its source and who gave it, have not been revealed so far.

The Union Minister ridiculed that the four MLAs were worth Rs 400 crore and sought to know what the BJP would stand to gain if those legislators joined it. State BJP General Secretary, G Premender Reddy said in a release that his party would move the court seeking a CBI probe or a judicial inquiry into the issue and that the BJP has also lodged a complaint with the Election Commission. Meanwhile, TRS Working President K T Rama Rao, in a tweet, appealed to his party leaders not to make any comments in the media as the police case is in the preliminary stage of investigation. The Cyberabad police detained three people and registered an FIR against them alleging that they tried to coax four TRS legislators into defecting the party.

As per the FIR copy, Rohith Reddy, one of the four TRS MLAs alleged that the accused offered him Rs 100 crore and in return the legislator has to leave TRS and contest as BJP candidate in the next Assembly elections. They also offered him civil contract works from the central government besides higher positions and monetary benefits. The accused also threatened that if the TRS law maker does not heed, then ED and CBI cases will be filed against him. They also warned that the TRS government in the state will be toppled. PTI GDK SJR ROH ROH

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