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Confusion continued over Chandrababu role in `cash-for-vote' case
Narendra Ch | 19 Aug 2015

Even after two and half months of time Telangana Chief Minister K Chadnrasekhar Rao asserting that even Brahma can't save Andhra Prdaesh Chief Minister N Chadnrababu Naidu for his role in infamous `cash-for-vote' scam, still confusion continuation whether the government intended to makes him as an accused.


 
Though his name was figured several times in the preliminary charge sheet filed by Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ABC) involving his party MLA A Revanth Reddy, but not figured as an accused, or atleast as an witness. This has been leaving to more speculations.
 
The special ACB court is yet to take cognizance of charge sheet. The case, when it came to light, sparked off a bitter war of words between TDP and TRS, the ruling party in Telangana. Several TRS leaders have been openly indicating that Chandrababu Naidu may not escape arrest in the case. Even mentioning his name as an accused in the charge sheet would force him to set down from office.
 
Since then, Chandrababu Naidu avoiding to stay more time in Hyderabad and spending most of days out-side Telanglana and shifted his center of activities to Vijayawada. Even the media-friendly Naidu didn't addressed a press conference in Hyderabad after May 25, 2015.
 
According to the 25-page charge sheet, filed on July 28, Revanth Reddy, TDP's deputy floor leader in Telangana Assembly, told the nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson (complainant in the case) that Naidu had authorised him to negotiate with Stephenson and persuade him to vote for TDP's Vem Narender Reddy in the June 1 Telangana Legislative Council election.
 
Chandrababu Naidu purportedly had a conversation with Stephenson over phone on May 30, a day before Revanth and two others were trapped by ACB while offering a Rs 50 lakh bribe to Stephenson.  
 
The charge sheet names four accused: Revanth Reddy, Sebastian, Uday Simha and M Jerusalem. Stephenson, who represents the Anglo-Indian community in the Assembly, approached ACB in May alleging that he had been offered Rs 5 crore by Revanth Reddy to vote for TDP nominee. This led to the arrest of Revanth and others. While Jerusalem got a stay from the High Court on his arrest, the other three are out on bail.