Yet another Telangana Rasthra Samithi leader has come under cloud for his alleged involvement in the human trafficking case.
The city police has started a probe into the charges that Kasipeta Lingaiah, TRS MLA belonging to Karimnagar district had sent a woman abroad in the passport of his wife. After a TV channel flashed the photo of the woman, who went aboard claiming to be wife of Lingaiah, the police swung into action to find out the involvement of the legislator in the affair. The TV channel quoted the legislator`s son as saying that the woman was not his mother and he did not know who she was.But the passport and ration card showed her as the wife of Lingaiah.
After the expose, the legislator has reportedly gone underground. His official quarter in the city as well his ancestral house in the district was found locked.A police team has been despatched to Karimnagar district to trace the legislator.The Chief Ministers Office has come into the picture too as a letter written in the letterhead of Chief Ministers Dr Y S Rajsekhar Reddy asked the Chennai consulate of the foreign country to expedite the issue of visa to the woman.
The regional Passport office,Hyderabad , has initiated its own enquiries into the matter and officials said that appropriate action would be taken.
Meanwhile TRS appeared to be in turmoil amidst allegations that at least three MPs and six Mlas of the party could be involved in the human trafficking. There are already talks that KRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao may expel his deputy A Narendra in the wake of allegations of his involvement in the racket.
Narendra denied that he had sent two Gujarati women on the diplomatic passport of his wife. He also denied that his personal assistant Ramana Murthy was involved in the racket. However, few in the party are convinced about his innocence.
What has compounded the suspicion is his admission that two TRS MPs had kept their passports in his custody but declined to divulge the reasons for the same.
Another TRS MLA Ramalinga Reddy charged that many legislators from the state were involved in the racket. TRS MP Vinod Kumar said that he had complained to police about the letterheads of some of his party MPs being misused for obtaining visas but no action was taken.