Has ED absolved Chandrababu Naidu in the Vote-for-note Case?

Vote-for-note Case

While a section of the vernacular media being generally referred to as the ‘Yellow Media’ is trying hard to say that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has given some sort of a clean chit to Telugu Desam Party President N.Chandrababu Naidu in the vote for note case, but in reality the very opposite of that has happened. 

Accused no. 4 in the Vote-for-Note Case filed by the Telangana State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Jerusalem Mathaiah, has stated on record how he met Mr Chandrababu Naidu at the Mahanadu convention and was asked by him to help in paying as bribe to Telangana nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson so that he would vote for  a TDP candidate instead of the TRS candidates.

Enforcement Directorate (ED), a couple of days ago, filed a chargesheet against Telangana Congress working president and Loksabha MP A Revanth Reddy and others in connection with the Vote-for-Note scam. The ED has provisionally attached Rs 50 lakh cash offered to Anglo Indian nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson for voting in favour of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate. The offence occurred on May 31, 2015. Revanth Reddy was in TDP at the time of the incident, he later joined Congress party and got elected to the Lok Sabha from Malkajgiri. 

The ED has named Revanth Reddy, TDP former MLC Vem Narendar Reddy’s son Vem Krishan Keertan Mr Reddy, Bishop Sebastian, a mediator in the scam, and others as accused in the chargesheet. The money was supplied by Vem Narendar Reddy’s son, ED charged. The chargesheet also mentioned  TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu. 

ACB caught Revanth Reddy red-handed while he was paying Rs 50 lakh bribe to Elvis. The bribe was offered to vote in favour of TDP candidate Vem Narender Reddy in the Telangana Legislative Council elections that were held on June 1, 2015.

Mr Stephenson accused Revanth Reddy of offering Rs 2 crore and a flight ticket to leave the country. The initial payment of Rs 50 lakh was paid and the rest was promised after voting.

ACB captured the complete exchange on camera.The famous phone conversation between Elvis and the TDP President Mr Naidu was also verified by forensic experts, and the voice is found to be that of Mr. Naidu. The phone conversation in which Mr Naidu said “mana vallu briefed me” was also mentioned in the ED chargesheet. In July 2015, ACB had filed a chargesheet against Revanth and others under the criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mr Mathaiah in his statement to the ED told them how he was approached by Telugu Desam leaders to ask Mr Stephenson about voting for a TDP candidate in the MLC elections. Mr Mathaiah told the ED that Mr Stephenson was offered a total bride of Rs 5 crore to vote for the TDP candidate or Rs 3 crore and an air ticket to leave Hyderabad without voting. Mr Mathaiah said that he was taken to meet Mr Chandrababu Naidu at the 2015 TDP Mahanadu convention by Mr Revanth Reddy where the final green signal was given by the TDP president.

Mr Mathaiah said that he was also offered Rs 50 lakh for convincing Mr Stephenson to take the bribe and cast his vote for the TDP candidate. 

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