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TRS MLA poaching case: SIT serves notices to BJP national gen sec

The Telangana Special Investigation Team (SIT) served notices to BJP national general secretary B.L. Santosh in connection with the alleged plot to poach four TRS MLAs from a farmhouse in Moinabad in late October.

According to a copy of the notification dated November 16, he was ordered to appear before the SIT on November 21 at 10.30 a.m. at the Integrated Command Control Center. The notice issued under Section 41(A) of the Criminal Procedure Code said, “It is discovered that there are reasonable grounds to question you to collect facts and circumstances from you, in regard to the present investigation.”

According to recent developments, several brokers involved in poaching have travelled to parts of south Indian states, places of business interests, and properties of the accused.

The State government-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been questioning the three accused in the alleged conspiracy: Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar, and Simhayaji Swamy. The team has already forensically examined digital evidence such as audio and video, as well as travel tickets, and is now working on eliciting information from the accused in question.

Santosh’s name was mentioned in a conversation between three alleged BJP agents who were arrested last month while attempting to entice four TRS MLAs to join the BJP with a large sum of money.

The SIT has already summoned Kerala doctor Jaggu Swami, BDJS President Tushar Vellapally, and a lawyer and relative of Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

All four were summoned on the same day. According to sources, they have been summoned to the SIT for questioning regarding their alleged connections with the three accused arrested in the case last month.

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Tushar Vellapally is the President of Kerala’s Bharath Dharma Jana Sena, while Jaggu Kottilil alias Jaggu Swami works at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi (BDJS).

After a five-day investigation in Kerala, a team led by Nalgonda Superintendent of Police Rema Rajeshwari, a member of the SIT, served the notices.

The team served notice at Vellapally’s Alappuzha home. Vellapally, whose BDJS is a BJP ally in Kerala, was not at home.

The name Vellapally, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Wayanad against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, came up in the conversation the three accused had with the TRS MLAs.

The notice was posted at Jaggu Swami’s office and home, who is reported to be absconding. The police team was in Kerala to question him after Ramachandra Bharati, the main accused, allegedly confessed that Jaggu Swami was linked to the cash promised as an inducement to TRS MLAs.

The SIT has additionally served a notice to Bhusarapu Srinivas, a Karimnagar lawyer who is said to be a distant relative of the Telangana BJP chief. Srinivas allegedly paid for the flight expenses for Simhayaji, one of the three accused.

Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Simhayaji, and Nandakumar were apprehended by Cyberabad police from a farmhouse in Moinabad near Hyderabad on the night of October 26 while allegedly attempting to entice four TRS MLAs with large sums of money.

The raid was carried out by Cyberabad police following a tip from Pilot Rohit Reddy, one of the MLAs. He claimed that the accused offered him Rs 100 crore and Rs 50 crore to three others.




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