Drawing curtains about the speculations over the role of the Andhra Pradesh state Chief Minister, Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu in the vote-for-note scandal, an audio tape, believed to be the conversation between the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the nominated MLA Ervin Stephenson has surfaced the media yesterday night.
The audio, which was believed to be the recorded call between Mr. Babu and the nominated MLA Stephenson, has made it clear the role of the AP CM in a bid to bribe the MLA, to favour his party’s MLC elecions. In the recording, which is said to last for about 40 seconds, the Chief Minister has assured the nominated MLA of the promised bribe and all the future help as per the deal.
The release of the audio tape has drawn wide criticism from the politicians. Telugu Desam Party legislators blamed the Telangana CM Mr. Chandra Sekhar Rao, alleging that the latter has been trying to defame the AP CM. one of the TDP MP, Mr. Parakala Prabhakar allegedly said that he would challenge the outcomes of the case. Mr. Prabhakar countered, that how come the ACB tap the phone calls of a state’s Chief Minister without the consent of the Central Home Ministry.
On the contrast, the Telangana government Legislators claimed that it was a call made to the nominated MLA Stephenson and that technically they did not tap the phone call of the CM. TDP legislators have filed cases in the police stations at various locations of the Andhra Pradesh against Mr. Rao and other police officials for allegedly tapping the phone calls of the legislators.
The outcome of the case would decide the fate of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. According to the reports, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has been working on the case to give notice to the Chief Minister of AP, after procuring enough evidence, The Times of India reports.
Earlier, TDP MLA Mr. Revanth Reddy, has been caught red handed bribing the Nominated MLA Stephenson, which was alleged to be on the directions of his Party leader Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu.