Big blow to Babu: ACB court orders re-investigation of Cash for Vote scam      

29 Aug, 2016 12:52 IST|Sakshi
Revanth at Stephenson’s home

* Trouble for Chandrababu as private lab reports say the voice in sting tapes was his.

* ACB court wants the re-investigation to be completed by September 29.

* YSRCP hails court order.

In a comeuppance for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, the ACB court has asked for a re-investigation into the infamous Cash for Votes scam. The court also set a deadline of September 29 to complete the reinvestigation.

With this, the Cash for Votes scam, which remained in the back-burner for over an year, will again be opened and investigated upon. The ACB court gave this order in connection with the petition filed by YSRCP leader and Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy. Reddy furnished the forensic report from a private laboratory that showed the voice-sample in the telephonic conversation with TRS Anglo-Indian MLA Stephenson was that of Chandrababu Naidu. Based on this, the court ordered re-investigation of the case.

The Opposition YSRCP has all along been accusing Chandrababu of mortgaging the interests of Andhra Pradesh to wriggle out of the case.

Last year, during the council elections, the TDP, which did not have adquate numbers to get its candidate elected, tried to bribe TRS MLCs. As part of the plan, Anglo-Indian MLA Elvys Stephenson was approached. TDP MLA Revanth Reddy approached with an offer to pay several crore and o May 30 last year, Revanth Reddy and party functionary Sebastian went to Stephenson’s house and paid him Rs 50 lakh. This was caught in a sting operation. Later, Chandrababu spoke to Stephenson to goad him to support the TDP candidate. However, after some belligerent posturing Chandrababu shifted his base to Vijayawada post-haste. Later, there have been allegations that Chandrababu colluded with the TRS to go slow on the case. The Opposition YSRCP has all along been accusing Chandrababu of mortgaging the interests of Andhra Pradesh to wriggle out of the case.

Advocate Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy argued on behalf of Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy.

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