Hyderabad, Jul 6: The Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is probing the cash-for-vote case involving Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A Revanth Reddy, on Monday arrested another MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, in connection with the case.
Veeraiah's arrest comes as a major blow for the TDP which had decided to petition the President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking action against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), for allegedly indulging in phone tapping.
Sources informed that his arrest and questioning is likely to lead to more clues and several other members of the TDP may be questioned.
The cash for votes case:
Members of the TRS had raised an issue after it was found that some members of the TDP were alleged to have tried purchasing some MLAS.
It was alleged that the TDP had planned on spending a lot of money to purchase the leaders. Further, it was also stated that phone calls clearly showed that top TDP leaders were involved in this case.
The TRS accused the TDP of trying to destablise the government in Telangana.
The TDP, however, termed the entire case as vindictive politics. They questioned the decision to tap phones. It was also alleged that the phones were tapped illegally and the home ministry of India had not give permission to do so.
The TDP has decided to take up the matter with the President of India.
Veeraiah, a TDP MLA from Khammam district, was asked to appear before the ACB officials today for questioning with regard to the cash-for-vote case. [TDP MLA appears before ACB in cash-for-vote case]
Veeraiah had said he will cooperate with ACB officials. The ACB had served him a notice earlier too.
But on June 19, Veeraiah wrote to the agency saying he could not appear because of illness, and sought 10 days' time.
On May 31, Revanth Reddy and two others were arrested by ACB while allegedly paying a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated MLA, for supporting TDP nominee Vem Narendar Reddy in the next day's legislative council election. They got bail from the High Court last month.
(With inputs from Vicky Nanjappa)