EC directs ACB to complete probe

45The Election Commission of India has directed the ACB officials to complete the investigation process in the note for vote case as it has been dragged on endlessly at a stretch.  The EC has written a letter to this effect today to the ACB to make an end of the enquiry and probe. This is seen as the Central intervention in the case which has been going on for the last one week in which the name of AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was also dragged by the TS Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.  After Naidu was involved in the case it reached a climax. The issue became a talk of the town and a hot topic for debate in the political circles. Naidu suspecting foul play to get him arrested flew to New Delhi and complained to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh that his phone was tapped by the KCR government.  With Naidu’s complaint both the chief ministers have locked horns in an attempt to show their strength openly. But the situation has become all the more serious and tense in both the States. Naidu alleged that his name has been dragged into the controversy by KCR with an ulterior motive.

Meanwhile, TDP leader Vem Narender Reddy was summoned by the ACB for interrogation.  So far only Reventh Reddy has been arrested in the case and another MLA Sandra Venkata Veeriah was served ACB notice. Besides, the nominated MLA Stephenson along with his daughter Jessika and his land lord deposed before the ACB special judge today to give their statements.  Further, the AP Cabinet had a marathon meeting today discussing all aspects of the note for vote case and the phone tapping case against KCR. Naidu government has already handed over the phone tapping case to the CID for enquiry against KCR. They also discussed the Section 8, which was raised to spell out protection to the settlers in Hyderabad.

Earlier, TDP leaders raised the said section before the Governor but it had no effect as KCR bluntly turned down stating that it was not valid as the settlers are quite safe. However, the TDP leaders centred their anger over the issue of Section 8, which they said should be followed as it contained safety steps for the settlers. Besides, the Union home minister Rajnath Singh has already made clear that Union home secretary would intervene in the matter as the Governor E S L Narasimhan seems to have adopted a neutral stand as he is said to be unable to take sides with any party. The Congress leaders made use of this occasion and started blaming Naidu. On the other they also took this chance to blame KCR for neglecting the development programmes. They were planning to meet the President Pranab Mukerjee and bring to his notice the entire episode. AP Opposition leader Jagan Reddy also availed the chance to take sides with KCR and blamed Naidu for capturing an MLA to win an MLC seat and so on.

Naidu also blame KCR for indulging in horse trading as with 63 elected MLAs he chose to have five MLC seats in a row. In all 13 MLAs defected to TRS camp. By and large it was clearly seen that the media persons have been kept busy by both the chief ministers trading charges and counter charges against each other.

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