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Ex-Andhra Speaker booked for diverting House furniture

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Andhra Pradesh Police have booked former Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao and his son for allegedly diverting furniture belonging to the Assembly to unauthorised places.

A case against Siva Prasad Rao and his son Sivarama Krishna was filed at Thullur police station in Guntur district late on Saturday on a complaint filed by M. Eswara Rao, an officer of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

The case was registered under sections 409 (cheating by personation) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Siva Prasada Rao is accused of illegally diverting the furniture belonging to government from Assembly premises to unauthorized places and to a private showroom belonging to Sivaram Krishna.

They were booked two days after Assembly officials searched a motorbike showroom in Guntur. The officials reportedly identified chairs, tables and other furniture belonging to the Assembly.

Rao had earlier admitted that while shifting Assembly furniture and equipment to Amaravati from Hyderabad in 2016, some of it was taken to his office-cum-residence in Sattenapalli.

He said this was done for the safety and maintenance as the furniture could have got spoilt in the temporary Assembly building.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader, who was defeated in the last Assembly elections, also claimed that he wrote to Assembly Secretary asking him to take the furniture. He also offered to pay for the furniture.

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‘Roja’s supension’ report submitted to Speaker Kodela

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Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao on Saturday revealed that he had received the report from deputy speaker Mandali Budha Prasad committee, which studied the issue of suspension of YSR Congress MLA Roja for one year.

Talking to media, he said action will be taken as per the rules of the House. Speaker will put the action, the committee recommended, to the approval of the House in the budget session after the passage of the budget. Buddha Prasad committee had been appointed to study the circumstances that led to the suspension of YSR Congress MLA RK Roja for one year. The government moved the suspension motion following her objectionable and abusive language against ruling party woman MLA in Assembly in the previous session. The fact finding committee is said to have recommended the action against the MLA for her behavior which it felt certainly lowered the dignity of the House and brought dispute the legislature. Roja is said to have used objectionable language against chief minister Chandrababu Naidu as well.

The committee was set up following the suspension of Roja on December 22, 2015 when the house witnessed unprecedented pandemonium. But, YSR Congress maintained that opposition members resorted to obstructing the house when the treasury benched had provoked them. The party however, raised the leakage of uncensored clippings of live proceedings and sought action. The opposition party also challenged the speaker decision to suspend the member for one year stating that speaker had no authority to suspend any member beyond the current session.

Later speaker appointed the committee to examine the whole gamut of issues that led to the suspension .

The committee had it final meeting yesterday and submitted the report to the speaker today. The committee has beside Buddha Prasad, T Sravan Kumar (TDP), Vishnukumar Raju (BJP) and G Srinkanth Reddy as members. According to sources, the committee is said to have found strong ground for the action taken against Roja.

Many other names from Opposition party are also said to have come in for the scrutiny of the committee. While TDP and BJP members affixed their signature on the report, the YSR Congress member Srikanth Reddy has submitted a dissent note.

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