Post Date: Post Date – 12:15 AM, Tuesday – Nov 8
Hyderabad: Telangana High Court Judge B Vijaysen Reddy on Monday reserved his sentence in Telangana, the seat of the BJP party, for an announcement on Tuesday.
A judge is handling a batch of writ petitions filed by the BJP and three defendants in the MLA poaching case. May remember Ramachandra Bharati alias Satish Sharma, priest from Faridabad, Haryana; Simhayaji, Pope Srimanatha Raja Peetham of Tirupati; Nandakumar, owner of a restaurant in Hyderabad accused of seducing four TRS MLAs Join BJP.
Additional Attorney General (AAG) J Ramachandra Rao pointed out to the accused in the case and questioned the relationship between the BJP and the accused in the Moinabad Farmhouse case. The AAG stressed that neither the BJP nor secretary Premender Reddy had been implicated in questioning the case. In the Bommavarapu Kavita case, the Supreme Court had ruled that even strangers had nothing to do with the accused. The AAG said the accused threatened the TRS MLA with cases against the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI, which is controlled by the union’s Home Office. Now the BJP wants an investigation by the CBI. Furthermore, the AAG noted that in Arnab Goswami’s judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that the accused could not decide the investigative body. He said the police had sufficient powers to register crimes because they were identifiable and attracted the People’s Representation Act.
Udaya Holla, senior defence lawyer at the High Court of Karnataka, who represented the accused, argued that technical reasons cannot be considered when life and liberty are involved. He said police briefings to the media influenced public opinion and even the chief minister held a press conference. The selective disclosure of facts casts serious doubt on the investigation, the issue has national implications, and he believes the direction of the CBI’s investigation is reasonable. As attorneys represent the defendants, he tried to pass an order to postpone the investigation. Senior lawyer J Prabhakar, representing the BJP, said the complaint wrote that people belonging to the BJP had approached the MLA and asked what else was needed to have a trajectory.
Asked about the status of the Supreme Court case over the same incident, the AAG replied that the case had been adjourned until Monday. The judge sought the details of the Supreme Court case from the AAG. Giving all parties the opportunity for a detailed hearing, the judge reserved the order of the case.