Telangana Police Wednesday night seized a huge amount of cash from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Hyderabad that was “meant to be offered to four MLAs of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to quit their party” by ‘BJP agents’, police said.
The cops arrested Delhi-based Sateish Sharma, 33, alias Ramachandra Bharathi, a priest at a temple in Haryana’s Faridabad; D Simhayaji, a seer from Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh; and Nandakumar, a Hyderabad-based businessman, who were present at the farmhouse at Aziz Nagar in Moinabad.
The police filed a first information report under the Prevention of Corruption Act against them.
The cash to the tune of Rs 15 crore cash was seized from a car at the farmhouse and the accused were in touch with MLAs Pilot Rohith Reddy, B Harshvardhan Reddy, G Balraju, and Rega Kantha Rao, according to Indian Express.
“Based on complaint by MLAs, we reached the farmhouse and found three persons including a [Hindu] priest from Himachal Pradesh and his disciple from Tirupati and a local Hyderabad-based businessman,” said City Police Commissioner Stephen Ravindra.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Y Sathish Reddy claimed that one of the accused persons, Nandakumar, is a close aide of Union minister G Kishan Reddy.
Meanwhile, the BJP denied that it had lured legislators to join its fold.