Telangana High Court orders transfer of BRS MLAs poaching investigation to CBI

A view of Telangana High Court building, in Hyderabad. File

A view of Telangana High Court building, in Hyderabad. File
| Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy of Telangana High Court on Monday passed orders transferring investigation to the CBI in the sensational four BRS MLAs’ poaching attempt case.

The Judge pronounced the verdict in a batch of five writ petitions after the post-lunch session. The direction transferring the investigation from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by Telangana government to the CBI was given in writ petitions filed by three accused in the case and two others.

The Judge, however, dismissed a petition filed by BJP Telangana unit represented by its general secretary G. Premender Reddy seeking transfer of the probe to any independent agency other than Telangana police. The judge observed that the petition filed by BJP was not maintainable as it was a third party while the case was between the State and the three accused Ramchandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Kore Nandu Kumar and D.P.V.S.K. Simhayaji.

The Judge quashed Government Order no. 62 constituting the SIT to probe the poaching attempt case. The investigation carried out so far by the SIT too had been set aside.

The SIT was headed by Hyderabad City Police Commissioner C.V. Anand, and had six other members, including four Superintendent of Police-rank officials.

The accused in the ‘poachgate’, Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy, allegedly affiliated to BJP, reportedly offered huge cash, postings and other favours for BRS MLAs to switch loyalties.

Allegedly, as per complaints, while Tandur legislator Pilot Rohith Reddy was offered ₹100 crore, three other legislators B. Balaraju, B. Harshavardhan Reddy and R. Kantha Rao were allegedly offered ₹50 crore each by the trio.

Based on Mr. Rohith Reddy’s complaint, the Moinabad police registered cases of bribery, criminal conspiracy, criminal intimidation, and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. 

Telangana High Court, on Monday, ordered the transfer of investigation into an attempt to poach four Bharat Rashtra Samiti MLAs to the CBI.

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