‘Vote-for-Note’ case still haunts AP CM
- Telangana ACB files counter-affidavit in HC
Hyderabad: The Telangana State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) told Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday that the ‘note-for-vote’ case is under investigation and it has not been closed. It is carrying out a thorough probe to unearth the role played by the accused, the ACB said.
Malla Reddy, ACB’s investigating officer, has filed a counter-affidavit over the petition by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu seeking to squash the orders of the ACB court against him based on the private complaint filed by Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, YSRCP MLA, representing Mangalagiri constituency in Guntur district. The respondent/complainant Ramakrishna Reddy also filed counter to squash Naidu’s petition.
The High Court while staying the ACB order on September 2, directed the Telangana government and Mangalagiri MLA to file counter-affidavits in the matter. Earlier, the ACB court had directed the investigating agency to probe the role of Naidu in the scam.
Ramakrishna Reddy, aggrieved with the stay order issued by the HC, approached the Supreme Court praying for vacation of the stay. The SC, on hearing the plea, ordered that the HC has to decide on the case within four weeks from October 21. The matter came up for hearing before Justice T Sunil Chowdary on Wednesday when the counsel representing Naidu requested the judge to grant some more time to respond to the counters filed by the respondents, who in this case are the MLA and the representative of the ABC. The judge posted the matter to October 27.
Alla Krishna Reddy, in his counter-affidavit, submitted that he has locus standee to lodge a complaint against Naidu in the case of ‘vote-for-note’ case. He reminded the HC the orders of the SC in the case of Dr Subramanyam Swamy Vs Dr Manmohan Singh that any person of this country has a right to inform the courts about any criminal activities indulged by any one and anywhere.
The MLA argued that the petitioner, in fact, has no right to file a squash petition in the HC. He added that even the apex court observed that the accused cannot file a squash petition when the case is under investigation under the Prevention of Corruption Act. He also contended that under any circumstances stay cannot be granted in cases when Prevention of Corruption Act is deemed to have been violated and a person is accused of abetting someone to receive bribes.