The State government had said that the missing furniture belonged to the State Assembly was found in an automobile showroom in Guntur. This was in addition to the furniture found in the residences of former Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao at Sathenapalli and Narasaraopet. The State submitted a report on the furniture found in these three places, to the AP High Court, in reply to the case filed by Kodela against the police case. The former speaker had challenged the government filing a police case against him on the furniture issue.
The court had directed the former speaker to give a list of the Assembly furniture he used in the last five years. While the former speaker claimed that he had every right to use some furniture in his camp offices, as speaker, the government said that the furniture was found in the two houses belonged to the former speaker, besides in the showroom at Guntur owned by the former speaker’s son. They contended that the use of furniture at these places, without any records in the Assembly is amounted to theft.
The former speaker claimed that he had written to the Assembly to take back the furniture but there was no reply. He contended the Assembly booking a theft case against him and sought relief from the court. The High Court wanted the former speaker to give a list of the furniture that he was keeping in his position and directed the government to justify the theft case against the former speaker.
The Assembly official said that keeping the belongings of the Assembly without any records or a note is amounted to theft. Moreover, the use of furniture in a showroom too was crime and the former speaker is entitled for a criminal prosecution.
It is to be seen how Kodela would come out of this case clean given his political career and experience and how the Assembly handles the issue.