Naidu rewards his legal counsel

Taking Rajya Sabha elections as an advantage, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had finally rewarded his counsel, senior advocate, Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, by giving him one seat out of the two seats the TDP is set to win. Chandrababu Naidu had cleared Ravindra Kumar’s name along with sitting MP C M Ramesh, who hails from Rayalaseema region.

Ravindra Kumar, a senior advocate in Hyderabad High Court, has been a counsel for the TDP, particularly Chandrababu Naidu in several cases filed against him over the years. The crucial case of note for vote in the MLC elections in 2015 brought down the image of Chandrababu Naidu at the national level when his party’s MLA A Revenath Reddy, now in Congress, was caught on CC cameras offering money to Anglo-Indian MLA Stephenson. The then TDP MLA had offered Rs 50 lakh as first instalment for the Rs 5 crore offered to him in the MLC election, which was recorded and the MLA was sent to jail.

Chandrababu Naidu’s voice was also recorded in the deal, though not proved yet and Naidu never admitted it. Interestingly, Naidu had dared the TS government that he too would use his ACB and his police in the common capital. At one point of time, he had even challenged to open AP police stations in the capital. But, suddenly as the case took new twists, he had left Hyderabad  and landed in Vijayawada dropping all his plans of continuing in Hyderabad for 10 years and bringing his TDP to power in Telangana. He did not use the renovated Lakeview Guest House for his Chief Minister’s Office or the H Block in the Secretariat, where the AP government had spent more than Rs 5 crore for modifications.

Having come to Vijayawada and stayed in a bus for couple of nights, Chandrababu Naidu moved into the Irrigation Office, which was by then occupied by Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao. From this temporary CMO, the TDP chief had fought the note for vote case, occupied a private guest house on the banks of river Krishna as his camp office and built a temporary secretariat at Velagapudi in the last three years. Naidu removed intelligence chief Anuradha and appointed A B Venkateswara Rao, who was then the Police Commissioner of Vijayawada city and kept a strict vigil around.

He had run a campaign against the TS government for tapping his phones and had even made the special investigation team to grill the telecom operators in the State. However, the original case of note for vote and the secondary case of phone tapping have gone with the successful intervention of counsel, Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar.

As a gesture, he had rewarded his counsel in the cash for vote case, Ravindra Kumar, with Rajya Sabha seat dropping senior leader Varla Ramaiah in the eleventh hour. Interestingly, the case is alive in High Court. Besides there is a petition in Supreme Court by one, Jerusalem Mutthaiah, a middleman in the note for vote deal, is set to come up for hearing any time from now. It is in this background Ravindra Kumar was picked up by Naidu to Rajya Sabha.

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