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SIT said in Telangana High Court – BL Santosh of BJP is not cooperating


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oi-Foziya Khan

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Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 21:38 [IST]

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Hyderabad, November 23- BJP General Secretary B.L. The SIT on Tuesday approached the Telangana High Court after Santhosh and two other MLAs did not appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Telangana Police despite summons. The SIT told the court that Santosh was served a notice by the Delhi Police but he did not appear before them. The court was told that top BJP functionaries are not cooperating in the investigation. Since the single judge bench of the High Court is monitoring the investigation in the case, the SIT apprised the court about the progress of the investigation.

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Kerala’s Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) presidents Thushar Vellapalli and Jaggu Swamy also did not appear before the SIT, which has reportedly issued lookout notices for them. The SIT, along with a Karimnagar-based lawyer Bhusarapu Srinivas, issued notices to the three last week asking them to appear in Hyderabad on November 21 for questioning.

However, only Srinivas, who is said to be a relative of Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, appeared before the probe team. Srinivas appeared before the SIT officials for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. He was interrogated for about seven hours.

Srinivas had allegedly funded the flight expenses for Singhayaji, one of the three accused arrested for allegedly trying to buy four MLAs of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). However, he told reporters that he had booked the plane ticket for Singhayaji out of respect for him. He denied any connection with the BJP or the horse-trading case.

The Telangana High Court had on November 19 turned down the request of the BJP state unit to stay the notice issued to Santhosh. Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy made it clear that Santhosh should not be arrested as the SIT has issued him a notice under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The judge said that Santosh should not fear his arrest and asked him to comply with the conditions imposed in the SIT notice.

Also on the same day, the High Court heard an application filed by the Telangana government seeking a direction to the Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with the SIT in serving notice to Santhosh. The judge ordered that notice should be sent to the top BJP functionary without any delay. He allowed the SIT to serve notices to Santosh through e-mail or WhatsApp to the concerned Delhi Police officer.

Santosh’s name had cropped up in conversations between three alleged BJP agents arrested by the police last month for trying to lure four TRS MLAs into the BJP fold by luring them with hefty sums of money. The SIT had also sent notices for questioning to Kerala’s Dr Jaggu Swamy and BDJS President Vellapalli. All four were summoned for questioning over their alleged links with the three accused arrested in the case last month.

Jaggu Kotilil alias Jaggu Swami is working at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, while Vellapalli is a leader of the BDJS, an ally of the BJP in Kerala. The name of Vellapalli, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, figured in the conversations the three accused had with TRS MLAs. Prime accused Ramachandra Bharti reportedly confessed that Jaggu Swamy was linked to the cash that was promised as inducement to TRS MLAs.

Bharti alias Satish Sharma, Simhayaji and Nandkumar were arrested by the Cyberabad police on the night of October 26 from a farmhouse in Moinabad near Hyderabad, when they were allegedly trying to lure four TRS MLAs with huge sums of money. Cyberabad police raided the secret information of an MLA Pilot Rohit Reddy. He alleged that the accused offered him Rs 100 crore and three others Rs 50 crore each.

The accused were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The Telangana High Court last week rejected the BJP’s plea to hand over the horse-trading case to the CBI, but ruled that a single judge would oversee the investigation. Also asked the SIT to submit a report in the court on November 29 on the progress of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the special ACB court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the SIT’s plea seeking custody of the three accused for a week. The SIT, which had earlier interrogated the accused for two days, told the court that it needed their custody for another week to collect more information from them about those involved in the case.

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SIT said in Telangana High Court – BL Santosh of BJP is not cooperating

Story first published: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 21:38 [IST]

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