Cash-for-vote: Telengana MLA sent to jail

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Revanth Reddy - file photo.
Revanth Reddy – file photo.

A city court in Hyderabad sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A. Revanth Reddy to a 14-day judicial custody on Monday, after he was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) when he was offering Rs 50 lakh to a nominated member of Telangana legislative assembly.

The MLA was arrested on Sunday night while he was trying to bribe Elvis Stephenson, a nominated member representing the Anglo-Indian community in Telangana legislative assembly, to vote for a TDP-BJP candidate in the election to Telangana Legislative Council.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which arrested Revanth after laying a trap, produced him before a magistrate at his residence.

The magistrate sent him and his two aides to judicial custody. But the MLA was allowed to cast his vote in the election, to be held on Monday to six seats of the council, before being shifted to jail.

Revanth was arrested from a flat in Vijayapuri colony in Secunderabad.

The ACB officials said the amount was an advance on a Rs 5 crore deal to make Stephenson vote for the TDP-BJP candidate. The entire meeting was recorded on a spy camera.

ACB Director General A K Khan said they had registered a case two days ago after receiving a written complaint. The MLA has been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Revanth Reddy claimed that he is innocent and alleged that he was implicated in a false case by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government as a part of a political conspiracy.

Immediately after his arrest, TDP leaders met Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and lodged their strong protest. The leaders also staged a sit-in till late in the night at the office of ACB, where Revanth was being interrogated.

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