Simhayaji Swamy, a suspect in the TRS MLA poaching case, was released on bail on Wednesday morning after spending more than 40 days in judicial custody at Chanchalguda Central Jail.
On October 26, Simhayaji and two other people were detained by Hyderabad police at a farmhouse in Ranga Reddy on suspicion of attempting to snare MLAs from the state’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The TRS has previously reported to the police that the BJP was allegedly trying to steal its MLAs by luring them with money and contracts.
Following this, the Telangana Police detained three individuals, Simhayaji Swamy, Ramachandra Bharati, and Nanda Kumar, who were discovered at the farmhouse in Ranga Reddy on October 26. The leaders of the TRS had previously informed the police about the poaching attempt, which they claimed was being carried out by the BJP.
Later, the Telangana BJP petitioned the High Court to request that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a special investigation team (SIT) be formed to conduct an impartial investigation into the TRS MLA poaching case against the party.
The Telangana government-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is looking into the alleged attempts by the BJP to poach TRS legislators, is also called BJP National General Secretary BL Santosh.
The High Court receives a report from the SIT, which is overseen by a judge and led by Hyderabad Police Commissioner C. V. Anand. The court further mandated that starting November 29th, the judge would only receive information about the investigation in a sealed envelope.
On November 3, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao released a video showing what he claimed was the BJP trying to steal his party’s legislators.
KCR accused the BJP of destroying all systems in the country, and said, “There are troubling situations in the country. Democracy is being killed in the country. I speak with great pain. I can’t believe that such evil can exist. Unemployment has increased. The value of the rupee has fallen. The BJP has destroyed the country in all fields.”
Later on November 6, Telangana BJP MLA Etela Rajender accused the KCR government of trying to “finish the opposition” by “purchasing” their legislators.