SIT serves fresh notice to BJP leader Santhosh
Though the two challenged the notices in the high court on Thursday, the court rejected their plea and asked them to appear before the SIT for questioning. It, however, asked the SIT not to arrest them
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Telangana police probing the case of alleged attempt to poach four Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs into the Bharatiya Janata Party has served fresh summons to BJP national general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh for questioning in the case.
Following a direction from the state high court, the SIT sent the notice under Section 41-A of Criminal Procedure Code through e-mail and also WhatsApp messenger late on Wednesday night to Santosh asking him to appear before the investigating officer on November 26 or 28, a police official privy to the development said.
Initial reports said the SIT had included the names of Santosh and three other suspects – Dr Kottilil Narayan Jaggu alias Jaggu Swamy, a doctor with Amrutha Institute of Medical Sciences in Ernakulam, founder-president of Bharat Dharmika Jana Sena of Kerala Tushar Vellapally and senior advocate from Karimnagar B Srinivas -- in the First Information Report (FIR) as accused in the case.
However, a senior police official in Moinabad police station, where the FIR was originally registered on October 26, said no such FIR was filed against the four suspects.
Of them, only Srinivas appeared before the SIT on November 21 and 22 for questioning and the remaining three did not turn up. The SIT issued lookout notices on Jaggu Swamy to know his whereabouts.
The SIT issued notices under Section 41-A of CrPC to Nanda Kumar’s wife Chitralekha and another advocate Pratap Kumar, asking them to appear before the investigating officer on Friday.
Though the two challenged the notices in the high court on Thursday, the court rejected their plea and asked them to appear before the SIT for questioning. It, however, asked the SIT not to arrest them.
The SIT also issued a similar notice on rebel YSR Congress party parliamentarian from Andhra Pradesh’s Naraspuram constituency Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju, whose name also allegedly surfaced during the investigation in the alleged MLAs’ poaching case. The MP has been asked to appear before the SIT on November 26.
Meanwhile, a special court for Anti-Corruption Bureau cases in Hyderabad on Thursday rejected the petition of the SIT seeking the custody of the three accused -- Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy, for five more days.
Though the two accused were given the police custody on November 11 and 12 for interrogation, the SIT said they needed to be questioned for five more days for eliciting further information.
However, the lawyer for the accused argued that the SIT had already subjected them for intense grilling and was trying to pressurise them further. Agreeing with their contention, the ACB court rejected the SIT plea.
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