Fresh from victory, newly elected MLA Raghunandan Rao has moved the Telangana High Court with an appeal to quash the FIR lodged against the BJP leader
The police recovered more than Rs 18 lakh from BJP candidate Raghunandan Rao’s relative S Anjana Rao’s house. In the quash petition filed on Thursday, Raghunandan Rao contended that the ruling TRS with the help of police personnel planted cash with the ulterior motive to defame him ahead of the Dubbaka bypolls.
The case came up for hearing on Thursday and was heard by single-bench judge Justice Laxman who referred the matter to Chief Justice.
Justice Laxman observed that the Chief Justice should look into the matter of pursuing criminal cases against the sitting MLA, and directed the registrar to refer the case to the Chief Justice.
Siddipet Commissioner of Police Joel Davis claimed that of the more than Rs 18 lakh cash, the BJP workers allegedly snatched Rs 12 lakh and ran away. On its part, the BJP had demanded the suspension of Joel Davis and the transfer of revenue and police officials. Raghunandan Rao defeated former TRS MLA late Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy’s wife Sujatha by securing 63,352 votes. Solipeta Sujatha polled 62,273 votes.