TRS MLA poaching case: Accused fail to arrange bail money; remain in jail

It is to be noted that the three accused were booked for bribery and criminal conspiracy under the Prevention of Corruption Act on October 26.

Hyderabad: The three accused in the MLA poaching case in Telangana will continue to remain incarcerated despite being granted bail as they failed to arrange the required money.

The three accused approached Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs ahead on the Munugode by-polls in November. On December 1, the Telangana High Court granted conditional bail to Ramachandra Bharathi, K Nanda Kumar and Simhayaji Swamy. They were asked to pay Rs 3 lakh each in surety.

Bharati’s lawyer, Rama Rao urged the court to reduce the bail amount as the accused earned a salary of Rs 20,000 a month. The public prosecutor Ramana Rao opposed the argument wondering how the accused could offer Rs 250 crores to the MLAs, given the meagre salary he draws.

“It is difficult for my clients Bharati and Nanda Kumar to arrange Rs 6 lakh, however, they are trying. ” the counsel was quoted as saying by the Times of India. The Chanchalguda jail authorities where the accused are lodged stated that Swamy will also remain imprisoned as he failed to arrange the surety money.

It is to be noted that the three accused were booked for bribery and criminal conspiracy under the Prevention of Corruption Act on October 26. They had approached TRS MLAs including Pilot Rohit Reddy, Rega Kanta Rao, Guvvala Balaraju and Beeram Harshavardhan Reddy urging them to join the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) ahead of the crucial by-poll.

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