The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president and former Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu has alleged that party leader and former Minister Kollu Ravindra was falsely implicated in a murder case for raising voice against the State government’s failures and atrocities.
In a teleconference with party leaders on Sunday, Mr. Naidu launched a scathing attack on the State government and the police for “foisting a murder case” and arresting Mr. Ravindra. He was targeted for questioning the government’s misdeeds and corruption. “The fact is that he has a very clean public record all through his political career. The murder of YSRCP leader Moka Bhaskar Rao was the result of an old rivalry and a struggle for supremacy between two families in Machilipatnam. In 2013, one Chinta Surendra was murdered and now Bhaskar Rao’s murder was a revenge killing. The families of Surendra and Bhaskar Rao were involved in these murders but the YSRCP used this as a pretext to take its political revenge against Mr. Ravindra,” he alleged.
He accused the ruling party of bringing in a new vicious culture of implicating political rivals and opponents in criminal cases without a preliminary inquiry or investigation. Moka Bhaskar Rao was Accused No. 5 in Chinta Surendra murder case. But after the YSRCP came to power, Bhaskar Rao’s name was removed from the chargesheet and a rowdysheet against him was also withdrawn, Mr. Naidu alleged.