Congress leader A Revanth Reddy was questioned by officials of the Enforcement Directorate for the second consecutive day on Wednesday over the cash-for-votes cam. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Working President is the main accused in the case, and media reports suggest that he was also questioned about the role of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu.
Revanth Reddy, then leader of TDP, was caught red-handed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on May 31, 2015, when he was offering Rs 50 lakh as bribe to MLA Elvis Stephenson, who had lodged a complaint with the anti-graft agency. The nominated MLA was promised Rs 5 crore to cast his vote. Revanth has since defected to the Congress. The ACB, which had laid a trap on a complaint by Stephenson, also arrested Revanth Reddy's aides.
Speaking to reporters after the questioning was over, Revanth said, âThe Modi government is trying to nail Naidu through Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Before the state elections, I was questioned by income-tax officers and the case has once again surfaced before the Lok Sabha elections.â
âAfter facing several repeated questions by the ED officials, I noticed how the relationship between KCR and Prime Minister Modi has got strengthened,â Reddy added.
Earlier this week, Revanthâs aides who were arrested along with him at the time in 2015, were also questioned by ED officials over the case.
The ACB had earlier said that there were 516 telephone conversation records in the phone of Sebastian, one of the aides arrested, of which 102 are related to the cash-for-vote case.
Later, an audio tape of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's alleged telephonic conversation with Stephenson also surfaced. The TRS had alleged that Naidu was the brain behind âcash-for-vote' scam.