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Telangana HC handed over the investigation of horse-trading case to CBI

Hyderabad: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and his party Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) have received a jolt from the Telangana High Court. The High Court on Monday handed over the investigation into the horse-trading case of MLAs to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Today, the division bench of the High Court has upheld the earlier decision of the Single Bench of the High Court.

The single bench of the Telangana High Court had given the decision to conduct an inquiry by the CBI. Also, the court dissolved the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case. Challenging the single bench’s decision, the Telangana government filed a petition in the division bench. During the hearing of the case, Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave argued on behalf of the government.

The Telangana government claimed that several BRS MLAs were approached to leave the party and join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Several more petitions were filed in the High Court to transfer the case to the CBI.

In fact, in October last year, the Cyberabad police raided a farmhouse in Moinabad, Telangana, claiming that a conspiracy was being hatched to topple the current BRS government by buying MLAs for Rs 100 crore each. Four MLAs of BRS were said to be in touch with BJP. On this issue, BJP termed all the allegations of Bharat Rashtra Samithi as baseless and also denied being in contact with any BRS MLA. The Cyberabad police had also registered an FIR under section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for criminal conspiracy and other sections.

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