Monday , February 19 2018

AP Speaker summoned in connection to violation of electoral laws

A complaint has been filed by  Singireddy Bhaskara Reddy of Karimnagar, who contended that the AP speaker  used undue influence and won the election.

Kodela Shiva Prasada Rao Speaker of the AP Assembly has been summoned by a local court on April20 in reference to a complaint concerning alleged violation of the electoral regulations.

Kodela Shiva Prasada Rao

A complaint has been filed by  Singireddy Bhaskara Reddy of Karimnagar, who contended that the speaker  used undue power and won the election by spending money and the Justice M Satish Kumar today issued summons to Rao

Rao is elected from Sattenapalle constituency.

To support his claim, Reddy contended that Rao in an interview to a news channel on june 19, 2016 had stated that “He (Rao) had spent Rs 30,000  for the MLA election in 1983 where he fought for the first time and that too with the help of donations from people. However the recent election expenses touched to Rs 11.50 crore.”
The interview was telecasted on 19  June  2016.

“The expenditure spent by Rao was 40 times more than the expenditure limit set by the election commission,” said Reddy.

Reddys grievance urges that Rao used undue power and won the election by spending huge amount of cash.
He appealed to the Court to punish Rao underneath sections 171 E (punishment for bribery), 171 F (punishment for undue influence or personation at an election), 171 G (false statement in connection with election), 171 H (illegal payments in connection with an election) of the IPC.

Though Reddy filed the grievance before the local police they didn’t taken any action. Later, he approached the Hyderabad high court.

The high court directed the Chief Judicial magistrate in Karimnagar town to take cognizance of the case.

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