Telangana MLA poaching: Kerala HC disposes of anticipatory bail pleas

Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday disposed of the anticipatory bail petitions filed by four persons in connection with the Telengana TRS MLA poaching case. The court closed this after the Telangana Police informed the court that the police had no intention to arrest them.

The petitioners filed anticipatory bail applications in the court as they are apprehending arrest in relation to the ongoing investigation into the whereabouts of Jaggu Kottilil, a doctor at the hospital.

The petitions were filed by M Sarath Mohan, Vimal Vijayan, and Prashanth KP, coordinator, clinical coordinator, and Administrative executive of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre respectively and KN Manilal, an Ernakulam native.

The court also directed the four persons to cooperate with the investigation.

"The Investigating Agency shall issue the prior notice to the petitioners as provided in the CrPC, granting sufficient time for appearance before the investigating officer, if required," court said.

Earlier the Court granted interim protection from arrest to them.

Earlier on December 7, Telangana Special Investigative Team (SIT) approached the High Court and moved a lunch motion petition after a special court for Anti-Corruption Bureau cases in Hyderabad rejected the memo to arraign BL Santosh and others as accused.

High Court ordered to issue notices to the proposed accused and listed the matter for hearing for December 8.

ACB rejected the plea of the Cyberabad police seeking to include Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and three others as accused in the case of an alleged attempt to poach four Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs into the BJP.

TRS had approached the police, alleging that the BJP was attempting to poach its MLAs by luring them with money and contracts.

Following this, the Telangana Police arrested three persons Simhayaji Swamy, Ramachandra Bharati, and Nanda Kumar who were found at the farmhouse in Ranga Reddy on October 26 after being informed by the TRS MLAs about the poaching bid, which the leaders alleged was of the BJP.

Later, the police filed a memo in the ACB special court at Nampally criminal courts in Hyderabad on November 22, asking for permission to include Santhosh as the fourth accused in the poaching case.

Telangana BJP had later approached the High Court to transfer the TRS MLAs' poaching case against the party to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to carry out a fair probe into the matter.

BJP National General Secretary BL Santosh was also summoned by the Telangana government-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the alleged attempts by BJP to poach TRS legislators.

The SIT led by the Hyderabad Police Commissioner C V Anand and supervised by a judge reports to the High Court. The court also ordered that all information regarding the probe would only be submitted to the judge in a sealed envelope by November 29.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on November 3 had released a video of the BJP allegedly trying to poach his party MLAs. KCR accused BJP of destroying all systems in the country, and said, "There are troubling situations in the country. Democracy is being killed in the country. I speak with great pain. I can't believe that such evil can exist. Unemployment has increased. The value of the rupee has fallen. The BJP has destroyed the country in all fields."

Later on November 6, Telangana BJP MLA Etela Rajender accused the KCR government of trying to "finish the Opposition" by "purchasing" their legislators.


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