Hyderabad: A spate of cases against its leaders have the opposition Congress leaders cry foul against the Telangana Rashtra Samiti government in the state. Party leaders have alleged that the caretaker government was resorting to the vendetta politics by reviving old cases or by framing its leaders in false case.
It started with the arrest of former MLA Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy. Then police issued notice to another senior leader A Revanth Reddy and now a case under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act against another former Congress leader Srisailam Goud.
While Jagga Reddy was arrested in connection with an old human trafficking case, the police has issued a notice to A Revanth Reddy in connection with the case of alleged irregularities in Jubilee Hills Housing Society.
In the latest development Jagadgiri police station has booked a case against Srisailam Goud on the complaint of a tribal Ramesh Naik. Naik has alleged that the former MLA had insulted him publicly in the name of his caste identity.
A case of cheating and threatening a business partner was also booked against another former Congress legislator Gandra Venkatramanna Reddy by Warangal police.
Jagga Reddy, an influential leader of Sangareddy district, was arrested on Monday last by Hyderabad police on charges of Passport forgery and human trafficking. Deputy commissioner of police, north zone B Sumathi said that the Jagga Reddy, a MLA of opposition TRS at the time had secured passport for himself, his wife and two other members of his family in 2004. But affixing the photos of three other persons on the passport of his family members he secured US visas for them as well as himself. ‘By claiming that they were his family members he accompanied them to the US and helped them in travelling abroad”, Sumathi said. Jagga Reddy will be taken into police custody on Friday for questioning.
Another case was likely to be filed against him in Sangareddy as some farmers have complained that Jagga Reddy had grabbed their lands in Ameenpur and Nagulapally villages.
Even before the Congress could recover from this shock, senior leader A Revanth Reddy received a notice from Jubilee Hills police station asking him to appear before the police for questioning within 15 days in connection with the alleged irregularities in a Housing Society. Police said it received a complaint of forgery and cheating against Revanth Reddy from a lawyer S Rama Rao. The case was ten years old.
Revanth Reddy who was a senior leader of TDP before joining Congress is already an accused in cash for vote scam in the state.
The arrest of Jagga Reddy and the notice to Revanth Reddy has also evoked a sharp reaction from the Congress leaders. State Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said that all the cases were the results of a conspiracy by the ruling TRS leaders to defame Congress leaders ahead of the coming assembly elections. “KCR in connivance with some police officials was selectively targeting the Congress leaders and workers”, he said vowing to pay back TRS by its own coin in the days to come. Uttam alleged that KCR and another minister T Harish Rao were the real culprits in the human trafficking case as they had given recommendation letters to those aspiring to go to the US in the case.
Former union minister S Jaipal Reddy said, “these are nothing but politically motivated cases. KCR is misusing official machinery”, he said.
In his reaction Revanth Reddy said, “Chief Minister was trying to target the politicians of Reddy community and project them in a negative light”.