The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for hearing on February 17, Telangana government’s plea against the State High Court’s order handing over to the CBI the investigation into the alleged attempt to lure four Bharat Rashtra Samiti (formerly Telangana Rashtra Samiti) MLAs in 2022, by the emissaries allegedly to destabilise the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Government.
A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice P S Narasimha and Justice J B Pardiwala said that the matter will be listed for hearing on February 17 following a mentioning by senior advocate Sidharth Luthra seeking an early listing of the plea preferably on February 13.
As the court made it clear that the matter would be taken up on February 17, senior advocate Luthra pleaded that it may order status quo. Luthra said that by February 17, the CBI will take over the case.
Chief Justice Chandrachud said that they can always reverse the things that will happen in the meantime.
On February 7, senior advocate Dushyant Dave made a mention of the case on behalf of the Telangana government, but since it was an unlisted mention, CJI Chandrachud asked him to make it today (February 8).
The Telangana government approached the Supreme Court against state high court’s December 26, 2022 order handing over the investigation into the alleged attempt to poach BRS MLAs to the CBI. Prior to the handing over of the investigation to the CBI, the poaching case was being investigated by a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Three accused in an alleged attempt to lure MLAs case are Ramachandra Barathi @ Sathish Sharma, Kore Nandu Kumar @ Nandu and D.P.S.K.V.N. Simhayaji.
Four MLAs who were attempted to be lured are Bharat Rashtra Samithi MLAs Pilot Rohit Reddy, Guvvala Balaraju, B. Harshavardhan Reddy and Rega Kantha Rao into the Bharatiya Janata Party.