Hyderabad: A city court order rejecting the police’s plea to remand three persons who allegedly tried to abduct four Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs came as a major blow to the ruling party.
The police released Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy following the order of the Anti-Corruption Court (ACB) judge.
Nearly 24 hours after arresting the three men from a farmhouse near Hyderabad, police produced them before a magistrate at his residence in Saroornagar on Thursday evening.
Justice G Rajagopal, however, rejected the police’s plea to remand the accused citing lack of evidence.
He noted that the Anti-Corruption Act did not apply to the case as there was no evidence of bribery.
The judge told the police to issue notices to the accused under Section 41 of the Criminal Procedure Act for questioning.
The Cyberabad police, who released the accused following a court order, are reportedly seeking legal advice for their next course of action in the case.
The accused, who are said to be close to several top BJP leaders, were arrested from a farmhouse in Moinabad on Wednesday night while they were allegedly trying to lure four TRS MLAs with offers of large sums of money, important jobs and contracts.
On the complaint of one of the MP pilot Rohit Reddy, the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Ramachandra Bharati of Delhi, Nanda Kumar of Hyderabad and Simhayaji Swamy of Tirupati.
According to the complainant, the accused offered him 100 million ISK.
They also offered to award civil works contracts and other high government posts to the state government for monetary benefits and lured him to join the BJP.
The MLA told the police that she warned that if he does not join the BJP, there will be criminal cases and raids by the ED/CBI and the TRS-led Telangana government will be overthrown by them.
The accused offered a bribe of Rs 50 crore each to three other MLAs to join the BJP.
Acting on a tip-off from Rohit Reddy, the Cyberabad police reached the town and arrested the three accused.
The accused, including two “godmen”, were being questioned by the police at an undisclosed location throughout Thursday.
However, the court refused to remand them. This has come as a shock to the TRS which has accused the BJP of poaching its MLAs to destabilize the government.
The arrests had caused a tremor in state politics. Ministers, TRS MLAs, MLAs and other leaders had taken to the streets to protest against the BJP.
The saffron party had refuted the allegations and claimed that the play was written by Chief Minister KCR to gain political mileage in view of the Munugode assembly by-election.
While there were speculations that the police had recovered a huge amount of cash from the town, no such evidence was presented before the court.
Meanwhile, after her release, Nanda Kumar claimed that they were at the farm for puja. “I have nothing to do with those allegations,” he said.
The businessman said that justice had prevailed in the case.