The prime accused in a case of cash-for-vote, today (Friday) ,The Supreme Court was refused to cancel the bail granted by Andhra Pradesh High Court to Telangana TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy. On June 30, A bench comprising Chief Justice H. L. Dattu and justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy dismissed the plea of Telangana Government’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) seeking cancellation of the bail to Mr. Reddy and two co-accused, Bishop Harry Sebastian and R. Uday Simha, by the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. The prosecution alleged that Rs. five cores was offered to the nominated MLA for casting his vote and Rs. 50 lakhs was given in advance.
On one hand, Kapil Sibal turned prosecutor in Revanth Reddy case, who is the renowned lawyer and politician, as he’s been roped in by the Telangana government. On flip side, Ram Jethmalani vouched for Revanth, who is the old (age) politician and controversial lawyer, as defense lawyer and stated that the High Court’s decision should be honoured. The police which had audio and video recordings sent them for forensic examination and there was a report in its favour. The trail of money had to be established and at this state the High Court ought not to have granted bail to the accused.
Earlier, the special court for Telangana Government’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases had rejected the bail pleas of Telangana TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy and the two others. Subsequently, Reddy and the two other accused had moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 15 seeking for bail. A war of words had broken out between the two states (Telangana & Andra Pradesh) after the case of `Cash For Vote’ came to light, the AP Police were registered cases, with Mr.Naidu alleging that his phone was tapped, even as a total of 87 cases. However, Telangana Government and the ACB had denied tapping of the phones of Mr. Naidu and others.
“There was some material to register the case, but wondered why the police officers have not recorded reasons for arrest in writing as contemplated under the law, when the maximum sentence in this case is less than seven years,” The HC Judge, Justice Raja Elango, had earlier said.
Revanth Reddy, deputy leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana legislative assembly, was arrested by the ACB on May 31 when he was trying to give Rs.50 lakh as bribe to nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson to induce him to vote for TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections.