The cash for vote scandal is witnessing several twists and turns with each passing day, and the Anti-Corruption Bureau has now decided to take on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for his involvement in the alleged cash-for-vote scam.
The ACB has already arrested Telangana TDP MLA Revanth Reddy and two other accused in the sting operation previous month, and it has now served notices to TDP MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and MLC Candidate Vem Narender Reddy, who lost the election recently. The ACB sleuths started questioning Narender Reddy on Wednesday, and they are likely to grill C.M. Ramesh and Garikapati Mohan Rao.
“Notices have been served on S V Veeraiah, TDP MLA from Sathupally in Khammam district and MLC nominee Vem Narendar Reddy seeking their appearance as part of questioning in the case,” said ACB officer.
There is even bigger shock to TDP, as the ACB is likely to issue notices to 20 more leaders and order them not to leave the country until further notices. The Anti-Corruption Bureau has identified 20 suspects in the note-for-vote scandal based on the call data analysis and have got the required permissions to issue the notices to the suspects under the section CRPC 160. TRS leader Jeevan Reddy claimed that ACB will be issuing notices to 20 more TDP leaders.
The ACB will decide to take decision on AP CM Naidu only after the receiving a preliminary report from the Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory, on whether the alleged video audio tapes between Stephenson and Naidu are doctored or genuine.