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SIT names BJP leader Santosh and 3 others as accused in MLA poaching case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) named senior BJP leader B L Santhosh and three others as accused in the case of an alleged conspiracy to poach four TRS MLAs, officials said on Thursday.

Following the Telangana High Court’s orders, the SIT investigating the case issued a second notice to BJP National General Secretary (Organisation) Santhosh, who has yet to appear before it.

According to the new notice, he has been summoned to appear before the SIT for questioning on November 26 or November 28, according to official sources.

Based on their findings, the SIT filed a memo in a special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court here, adding the names of Santhosh and two persons from Kerala–Jaggu Swami and Tushar Vellapally, along with B Srinivas, as accused persons in the case.

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Three people — Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar, and Simhayaji Swamy — were already named as accused in the case after a complaint was filed against them on October 26 by TRS MLA Pilot Rohith Reddy, one of four legislators.

According to the FIR copy, Rohith Reddy claimed that the accused offered him Rs 100 crore in exchange for leaving the TRS and running as a BJP candidate in the next Assembly election.

On Wednesday, the Telangana High Court directed the SIT to serve notice on Santhosh again under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Earlier, the Telangana SIT summoned Santhosh and two other people from Kerala to appear before it on November 21 for questioning. They did not, however, appear before the probe panel. Srinivas, who was also required to appear by the SIT, had appeared before it.

On November 9, the Telangana government established a seven-member SIT to investigate the alleged poaching of MLAs.





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