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Telangana: Trial of cash-for-vote scam to commence from March 8

Published: 2nd Mar 2021 9:22 pm

Hyderabad: The trial in the sensational cash-for-vote scam involving Congress MP and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) working president A Revanth Reddy and others will commence from March 8 at the special court for ACB cases here.

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Revanth Reddy and his aides, who were arrested in the case, have to appear before the court on March 8. The complainant and TRS nominated Anglo Indian MLA Elvis Stephenson will also have to appear before the court.

The ACB trapped Revanth Reddy, who was a TDP MLA then, for allegedly attempting to give a bribe of Rs 50 lakh as advance, as part of Rs 5 crore deal, to Stephenson. The bribe was offered to vote for TDP’s MLC candidate Vem Narender Reddy during Legislative Council elections in 2015. The ACB arrested Revanth Reddy and others in the case based on the First Information Report (FIR) issued after examining Stephenson’s allegations.

In July 2015, the ACB officials filed a charge-sheet against Revanth Reddy and others including Harry Sebastian and Uday Simha.

A few weeks ago, Revanth Reddy filed a discharge petition in the court arguing that the case did not come under its purview and only the Election Commission could look into it. However, the court dismissed the petition.

Speaking to Telangana Today on Tuesday, ACB’s Special Public Prosecutor G Surendar Rao confirmed that the trial would start from March 8.

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