In a major embarrassment to the Telugu Desam Party(TDP), its Telangana MLA Revanth Reddy was arrested after he was trapped for allegedly offering a bribe to a sitting MLA of the legislative assembly seeking his vote for a TDP candidate. Reddy was arrested after a trap was laid by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the state police, on the complaint lodged by MLA Elvis Stephenson.
According to the ACB, Reddy and his aide allegedly offered Stephenson a bribe of Rs. 5 crore to vote in favour of TDP in the MLC polls on a floor of Telangana assembly. On Sunday night, the police had laid a trap to catch Reddy and his aide red handed and nabbed them when they had gone to offer an advance amount of Rs. 50 lakh to Stephenson at his residence.
The TDP MLA along with his aides was sent to the judicial custody for 14 days on Monday morning.
However, the court allowed Revanth Reddy to cast his vote in assembly before being taken to prison. Investigating the matter, ACB has claimed that it has clinching evidence against Reddy and his two aides.
“We have audio-visual evidence about the alleged deal. It is a cognisable and non-bailable offence”, said ACB Director General AK Khan. According to the authorities, Reddy could be seen allegedly assuring Stephenson that “he’ll take care” if anything went “wrong”.
Reddy and his two aides Harry Sebastian and Uday Simha have been booked under section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.
On the other hand, the TDP has denied all allegations and has called the incident “a false case aimed at defaming the party”. The party has also written a letter signed by all its Telangana MLAs, to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding that the council polls for the 6 MLC seats be deferred.