In a temporary relief to TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy, the special court for ACB cases on Wednesday granted him 12-hour interim bail to enable him to attend his daughter's engagement on Thursday. The court dismissed his regular bail petition.
Currently, the MLA along with two other accused, Harry Sebastian and Rudra Uday Simha, are lodged in the Cherlapalli jail in the cash-for-vote case. They were arrested on May 30 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while they were allegedly trying to bribe nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson to vote for the TDP nominee in the Telangana Legislative Council polls.
While granting interim bail, principal special judge G Lakshmipathy directed the authorities to set the MLA free from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on furnishing Rs 50,000 personal bond and two sureties for an equivalent sum.
Earlier, the counsel appearing for Revanth urged the court to grant him regular bail as the ACB's case was solely dependent on some audio visual evidence that may not stand legal scrutiny. The allegation that Revanth had tried to influence a nominated MLA was baseless as the latter had no voting rights in any of the elections relating to the legislature, including the MLC polls, he argued.
The counsel also urged the court to grant Revanth interim bail to attend his daughter's engagement in case the court rejected regular bail. There was no likelihood of tampering with evidence as already the entire material was in the custody of the investigating agency, he added.
Sebastian and Uday Simha also filed bail petitions before the court. The ACB's special public prosecutor opposed grant of regular bail to the accused on the ground that they would try to influence witnesses if enlarged on bail. If the nominated MLA had no voting right in an MLC election, why did he (Revanth) try to buy his vote, the PP asked. “We have to trace the source of the Rs 5 crore bribe promised by Revanth to the nominated MLA," the PP said.
The PP, however, said there would be no objection for granting interim bail to Revanth. After hearing the arguments, the judge granted interim bail to Revanth with a condition that he should not interact with the media and should not indulge in political activities. The judge permitted ACB officials to keep a watch on the activities of the MLA. Revanth was instructed to return to the prison by 6 pm on Thursday. The judge then dismissed the regular bail pleas of Revanth and the two other accused.