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BJP Leader Chowkidar P Muralidhar Rao Booked in Rs 2.17 Crore Bribery Case; Allegedly Forged Nirmala Sitharaman’s Sign To Lure A Person For Job

He is harassing the complainants now, a source said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and eight others were booked on Tuesday, March 26 for allegedly cheating a Hyderabad realtor and exhorting Rs 2.17 crore from him in exchange for a nominated post in the central government.

As per a report published in The Times of India, the victim was allegedly lured by the photocopy of a letter, bearing the forged signature of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. It was written in the letter that he was appointed as the chairperson of Pharma Exil, the victim’s wife  T Pravarna Reddy told The Times of India.

Pravarna, wife of Mahipal Reddy alleged that Eswar Reddy, a journalist approached the couple in Nov 2015 saying he knew a person named Krishna Kishore, ‘the shadow’ of BJP leader Muralidhar Rao. Rao is now harassing the complainants by using the Delhi Police. They were also asked to come for questioning to the national capital, a source told News Central24x7.

She told the daily, “Eswar Reddy claimed Krishna Kishore was capable of getting a nominated post in any department of the central government. My husband and I were reluctant to get the nominated post by spending a huge amount.”

The complainant said, “Later, Eswar again approached us along with Krishna Kishore and local BJP leader Manda Rama Chandra Reddy and pressured us to accept the proposal by saying that they would be able to get nominated membership of Pharma Exil,” adding, “Subsequently, the trio along with Rama Chandra Reddy’s close associates S Chandrashekar Reddy, Baba, Srikanth, G Srinivas and with active connivance of Muralidhar Rao, showed a photocopy of the letter purportedly signed by Nirmala Sitaraman, saying that my husband will be appointed chairperson of Pharma Exil and took Rs 2.17 crore from us.”

As per a report published in The Hindu, the accused started avoiding the couple. After persistent requests, the BJP leader gave an undertaking that an amount of Rs 2.05 crore would be returned. He even issued a cheque in the name of one M. Raju. The BJP leader, however, failed to keep his word and didn’t make the payment. 

Later, Pravarna and Mahipal Reddy approached Saroornagar police where the main accused Kishore confessed that he had colluded with all other accused and took an amount of Rs. 2.10 crore under the guise of getting nominated post, the FIR said.

It was reported that Saroornagar police has registered a case under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 468, 471 (forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Section 156 (3) of the CrPC against Rao and eight others.

Rao told TOI, “The complainant contacted me three years ago over phone about the same issue and I asked her to lodge a complaint with police. She did not do so. I knew some of the accused as part of my work. But I have got nothing to with the case or money.”

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