Senior Cong leader booked for taking bribe

Wednesday 25th March 2015 06:12 EDT

Hyderabad: In an embarrassment to the Congress, the Hyderabad police have booked party's senior leader and former union minister Renuka Chowdhury for allegedly taking bribe of over Rs 11 million from an aspirant by promising him an Assembly election ticket, reports said. The petitioner, B Kalawati, said that before Assembly polls Renuka Chowdhury had promised her husband, Ramjee Naik, Wyra Assembly ticket for last year's elections but he was not given the same.

“She took more than Rs 11 million but cheated us. We want justice and will take this matter to the court,” Kalawati was quoted as saying.

Police in Khammam district of Telangana has registered a case under the SC/ST Atrocities Act against Chowdhury. Kalavati has also alleged that her husband died due to pressure of the debts they incurred to raise the money.

The case was registered following an order by high court in Hyderabad on the complaint by B Kalavati. The complainant alleged that Choudhary abused her by her caste when the money was sought to be returned, Khammam circle inspector Sridhar said. The case was registered after the court sought to know what action has been taken, Sridhar said, adding that charges of cheating were also there.

The matter would be investigated now following the registration of the case, he said. "This is totally baseless, unsubstantiated and politically motivated. I have never met this woman in my life. I can swear by that. Such unfortunate things happen in politics," Chaudhary said when contacted.

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