The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to have reached a point of no escape in the Poachgate scandal, with irrefutable evidence now establishing links between the three accused in the case and top BJP and RSS functionaries, as well as the offices of the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister.
Information gathered by multiple media outlets conducting parallel independent investigations into the Telangana covert operation reveals how the accused, and those now linked to them, are caught in a deep web held together by messages and call data records available on multiple servers, as well as other crucial pieces of evidence dating back at least seven years.
The evidence connects the three accused – Ramchandra Bharathi, Simhayaji, and Nanda Kumar – to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national general secretary BL Santosh, RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, NDA Kerala convener Thushar Vellappally, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, BJP State president Bandi Sanjay, and Kerala-based doctor Jaggu Swamy in various ways.
The three were apprehended on October 26 by Cyberabad Police, who conducted a sting operation on the trio, who were attempting to lure four TRS legislators into joining the BJP by promising large sums ranging from Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore each.
The role of the three and top BJP/RSS functionaries in the Telangana government overthrow conspiracy is established by evidence gleaned from over 5 TB of data of call records, text messages, and chat conversations between them dating back to 2015.
The call and message data show the pattern in which the operation was carried out before it was busted, with Ramachandra Bharathi from Hyderabad contacting Jaggu Swamy in Kochi, who contacts Thushar Vellappally in Ahmedabad. Thushar then calls BL Santosh, who is also in Gujarat at the time, and then calls/messages are made to Amit Shah’s office.
The data is now stored in 40-50 servers spread across several states, and because deleting such a large amount of data is impossible, the BJP has found itself trapped in a web from which there is no way out.
The data retrieved from Ramachandra Bharathi’s phone and laptop contains messages to Jaggu Swamy and top functionaries that mention ‘Vitamin M,’ denoting money, and the amount to be handed over to each MLA poached from rival parties in various States over the last few years. The CCTV camera recordings and several photographs in the public domain support the accused’s claims of close proximity to the powers that be.
In the conversations with TRS MLAs, Bharathi mentions Amit Shah 22 times, reiterating the latter’s involvement. The manner in which they throw assurances as if they were extra-constitutional bodies acting on behalf of the Central government, can be seen in how they promise TRS MLAs Y Category security, similar to what was arranged for YSRCP rebel MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju in Andhra Pradesh. The accused also mention senior IAS officer Saket Kumar, who works in the Union Home Minister’s office.
Suspicions have also been raised about the role of Amberpet-based advocate Pogulakonda Pratap, who is said to be a close associate of Union Minister G Kishan Reddy and is mentioned in conversations between the accused and MLAs.
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