Poachgate: BJP top leader BL Santhosh named accused in Telangana | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: BJP national general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh and three others were named accused by Telangana police in the Poachgate case on Wednesday, taking the accused tally to seven. Santhosh was served a second notice on the high court’s order, asking him to appear for questioning on November 26 or 28. The purported scandal being probed by a special investigation team (SIT) involved triggering defections of four TRS MLAs with big bribes. Three persons were earlier named as accused after the scandal surfaced in October.
SIT filed a memo in the ACB special court, adding Santhosh, Bharath Dharma Jana Sena chief Tushar Vellapally, Kerala doctor Jaggu Kottilil and advocate Bhusarapu Srinivas as accused in the Poachgate case. The case was registered in Moinabad police station in Cyberabad limits. Key accused – Ramachandra Bharathi, K Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy – are currently in judicial custody.
SIT personnel also sent a notice under section 41-A of CrPC to rebel YSR Congress MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, though it’s unclear how the disgruntled legislator is involved in the case. SIT is sending notices under section 41-A of CrPC to Dr Jaggu’s brother Manilal, three personal assistants – Sharath, Prashanth and Vimal – and Prathapan, chief security officer (CSO) of Amrita Hospital, where the doctor was working.
SIT has already issued notices to Manilal, three PAs and CSO under section 160 (a police officer’s power to require attendance of witnesses of CrPC), asking them to appear before the investigating officer. Since they failed to appear before the IO, SIT decided to issue notices under section 41-A now, sources said. Sources also said the CSO misled SIT sleuths when they went to Kerala recently, saying Dr Jaggu had no links with their hospital. Later, SIT found out the doctor had power to issue cheques and also chaired key meetings in the medical facility.





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