Court to hear cash for vote on Jan 5

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File Photo. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu

Hyderabad: A special court for ACB on Friday posted the case relating to ‘cash for vote’ scam to January 5. Two bishops Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha appeared in court while Telugu Desam Party leader A Revanth Reddy did not attend the hearing.

The ACB had earlier filed a charge-sheet against Revanth Reddy, Sebastian Harry, Uday Simha and  Mathaiah Jerusalem under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

Later, it filed a memo in the court in the wake of the ACB court’s directive on August 29 to the anti-graft agency to investigate allegations in a complaint by YSR Congress MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with regard to the cash for vote case.

The case began unfolding in May 2015 when TRS-nominated MLA, Elvis Stephenson lodged a complaint with ACB alleging that he was offered Rs 5 crore by Revanth Reddy to vote in favour of a Telugu Desam MLC nominee in Telangana Legislative Council polls held on June 1. A case was subsequently registered and on May 31, ACB arrested Revanth Reddy along with Sebastian Harry and Rudra Udaya Simha while they were allegedly handing over an advance of Rs 50 lakh to Stephenson.

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