Cash for vote scam: TDP Deal With TRS Worked Out

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Unable to find source of Rs 50 lakh bribe, ACB tells Hyd HC.

Roughly a year and a half after a TDP MLA was caught allegedly trying to bribe another legislator, the Telangana Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday told the Hyderabad High Court that it could not identify the source of the Rs 50 lakh cash that was seized.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Andhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, challenging an ACB court’s order, which sought a probe into his reported role in the case.

Stating that the ACB was still in ‘pursuit of the truth’, the Times of India quotes the Bureau’s counsel as saying, “We are on our job. The investigation is still continuing…We are collecting evidence and getting it examined through scientific methods. Since this is a high profile case involving bigwigs, we are treading it carefully and collecting evidence that will stand the test of the court and time.”

Last month, an ACB special court in Hyderabad ordered a re-investigation into Naidu’s role in the case, after a complaint by YSRCP MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, who alleged that the Telangana government had failed to bring the case to a conclusion.

The court had then directed the ACB director-general to conduct a probe and submit a report.

However, Naidu petitioned the Hyderabad HC to quash the ACB order. Following this, the YSRCP MLA moved the case to the Supreme Court, which asked the Hyderabad HC to take a decision on Naidu’s petition within four weeks.

Naidu left Hyderabad and also moved his vote to Andhra. Almost all his MLAs joined TRS. Looks like TRS has won the political game.


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