Causing embarrassment to BJP during election period, BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao and eight others were booked by the Hyderabad police for cheating and forgery done in order to exhort Rs 2.17 crore from a realtor.
A criminal case was registered at Saroornagar police station, yesterday, based on a court-referred complaint from 41-year-oldT Pravarna Reddy, who is the wife of the duped realtor, Mahipal Reddy from Hyderabad. Though the allegations were surfaced two years-ago and they made complaint to BJP top leaders and police officials, no action was taken.
As a result, they approached the court. Incidentally, they are also said to be BJP sympathizers. Rao and others are accused of taking Rs 2.17 crore from the realter on the false promise of securing him post of Pharma Exil Chairman.
The complaint further alleged that Rao of producing an appointment letter with a forged signature of Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, used to make the realtor cough out the money. At that time, Nirmala Sitharaman was minister of state for commerce.
Police booked the nine accused under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) 420 (cheating), 468, 471 (forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 156 (3) of CrPC.
However, Rao alleged that all the charges against him are false and that he “had nothing to do with the issue”. Incidentally, he is BJP incharge for Karnataka elections.