Revanth Reddy Gets Conditional Bail From High Court
A major relief to TDP
He should be confined to Kodangal constituency
HYDERABAD: Telangana Telugu Desam MLA Revanth Reddy, who has been languishing in the jail for the past one month after his arrest in the cash-for-vote scandal, at last got relief on Tuesday when the High Court of Hyderabad granted him conditional bail.
Justice Raja Elango, after hearing arguments of the Telangana advocate general and the counsel for Revanth Reddy, finally granted bail with conditions. The bail amount was fixed at five-lakh rupees, besides surrendering passport.
The Judge also directed that Revanth should be confined to only his constituency Kodangal, and that he should be available to the investigating officials whenever required and should extend his full cooperation.
Along with Revanth, two other accused in the scandal Sebastian and Udaya Simha were also granted bail. With regards to another accused (A4) Jerusalem Mathiah, the Court observed that it couldn’t be said that he was absconding.
Earlier Telangana Advocate General Ramakrishna Reddy, who had submitted in writing the reasons for opposing bail to Revanth, argued that being a legislator and influential person there was scope for Revanth to prevail upon the witnesses in his favor.
Since the case is at a crucial stage and investigations are also on to zero-in on the source of supply of another 4.5 crore rupees in the scam, the AG pointed out and reminded that another accused (A4) was still at large and absconding. After securing the final report of the Forensic Science Laboratory, some more persons are likely to be interrogated, and hence, release of Revanth on bail would only jeopardize the probe, the AG argued.
However, the defense counsel disputed the contention of the AG and said Revanth had strictly followed conditions put forth by the court earlier when he was released on bail for a day. The argument that he would influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence is nothing but a figment of imagination, he asserted.
Delivering his verdict on the bail application, Justice Raja Elango did not agree with the contentions of the AG and pointed out that the investigating authorities would take care of everything with regard to the probe.
Already, the accused was in the ACB custody for four days and the required information from him would have been gathered, he observed, and added that it was unlikely that another accused Mathaiah was absconding.
As a matter of fact, more than Revanth and others, the High Court granting bail to them has definitely come as a major relief for the beleaguered Telugu Desam leadership, which has been desperately trying to wriggle out of the web in which it got entangled with its murky deal of cash-for-vote to lure the nominated Anglo-Indian MLA Elvis Stephenson to vote in favor of the TDP nominee in the recent elections.
Meanwhile, the ACB seemed to be contemplating to appeal in the Supreme Court to get the bail cancelled. (NSS)