TRS MLA Poaching Case: BJP General Secretary BL Santhosh has got relief in the case related to horse-trading of TRS MLAs in Telangana. The Telangana High Court has stayed the notice sent by the SIT to BL Santosh till December 5.
The SIT had sent a summons notice for the second time on November 23 to BJP leader BL Santosh, considering him as an accused in the case related to horse-trading of TRS MLAs. This notice was sent by the SIT under section 41 (A) of CrPC. The High Court, while hearing the petition of BL Santosh, today stayed this notice till December 5. The court has said that it is not satisfied with the notice sent under Section 41 (A) of CrPC.
BL Santosh reached the High Court after sending the notice for the second time
Earlier on November 16, the SIT had also sent a notice asking BL Santosh to appear at its Hyderabad office on November 21 at 10.30 am. On this, BL Santosh had said on November 21 that he had not received the first notice from the SIT. After this, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court had asked the SIT to send notice to him through email or WhatsApp. After this, the SIT again sent a notice asking BL Santosh to appear for questioning on 26 or 28 November. BL Santosh had moved the High Court after the notice was sent for the second time by the SIT.
BL Santhosh is avoiding questioning – Telangana government
On Wednesday, the Telangana government told the Karnataka High Court that BJP leader BL Santosh was deliberately evading the SIT notice. Earlier, the SIT had filed a memo in the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court on the basis of preliminary investigation. In this, along with BL Santhosh, Jaggu Swamy, Thushar Vellapalli and B Srinivas of Kerala were made accused.
Accused of offering Rs 100 crore to MLAs
TRS MLA Pilot Rohit Reddy lodged a police complaint on October 26 that he was offered Rs 100 crore to leave TRS and contest from BJP in the next elections. TRS had alleged that BJP was luring MLAs with money to sabotage their party. Cyberabad police had arrested three people in October on suspicion of alleged horse-trading of MLAs.
The police had told the court that these accused tried to destabilize the state government and lured the MLAs. Dissatisfied with the arguments of the police, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court of Telangana rejected the demand of sending the three to judicial custody and ordered their release. After this the accused Ramchandra Bharti, Nand Kumar and Singhayaji Swami were released by the police. On November 9, the Telangana government ordered the formation of a 7-member SIT to investigate the entire matter.
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