Cyberabad: Police questions 3 people in luring TRS MLAs

27 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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3 people were detained in allegedly luring TRS MLAs with Rs 100 crore poaching bid made by the BJP.

Cyberabad Police conducted a raid on a farmhouse in the Telangana district of Ranga Reddy, which is on the outskirts of Hyderabad, and detained three individuals for allegedly attempting to lure Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs with the promise of sizable sums of money.

The Moinabad Police Station received a complaint on Wednesday from TRS MLA Pilot Rohith Reddy, and on Thursday a FIR was filed under Sections 120-B, 171-B r/w 171-E, 506 r/w 34, and Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act-1988. The three accused have been identified as Ramachandra Bharati, Nanda Kumar, and Simhayaji Swamy.

Reddy claimed in the FIR that he met Ramachandra Bharati, who travelled to Hyderabad from Delhi, and Nanda Kumar, both members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and that they both made him an offer of Rs. 100 crore to join the BJP.

“Ramachandra Bharati of Delhi and Nanda Kumar of Hyderabad, both members of the BJP, met the complainant and persuaded him to forgo running for office as a candidate for the TRS party and instead join the BJP by quitting the TRS party. In exchange, they offered him an amount of Rs 100 crore and lured him to the BJP by promising him high-ranking positions in the central government and other financial benefits.

According to the FIR, MLA Rohith Reddy further said that if they did not join the BJP, they were threatened with the filing of criminal charges against them and searches by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

On October 26, 2022, they got in touch with him once more and told him they would visit his farmhouse in Aziz Nagar, Moinabad, for negotiations. They also told him to round up some other TRS MLAs to pay them with Rs 50 crore apiece to join the BJP, according to the FIR.

“They said that Ramachandra Bharati, also known as Satish Sharma, of Delhi, together with Simhayaji Swamy of Tirupathi, will visit my farmhouse to formalise the agreement to join the BJP by leaving the TRS party. He therefore asked that the appropriate legal action be taken against the aforementioned individuals as well as those responsible for the plot for using unethical and undemocratic methods to bribe him into leaving the TRS and also joining the BJP “an FIR was added.

After TRS MLAs informed police that they were being lured and that they had seen the three people present, who were subsequently apprehended, the raids were carried out on Wednesday.

“We learned from TRS MLAs that they were being seduced by promises of money, contracts, and positions. When we invaded the farmhouse, we saw three people. We will investigate the subject of the luring and begin legal action “Stephen Raveendra, the police commissioner in Cyberabad, stated.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has, however, disputed the claims that there were attempts to oust TRS lawmakers, claiming that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao concocted the whole scenario out of his fear of losing the Munugode by-election.

The individuals detained in the operation, according to BJP national vice-president D K Aruna, are unrelated to the BJP.

“The TRS is fabricating the tale out of concern for their chances of losing the Munugode by-election. BJP is not involved in this at all. The individuals detained are not BJP members, and we have seen them previously. The reason the people were in their farmhouse and who drove them there are unknown. Behind this is Telangana Chief Minister KCR “She said.