Chandrababu Naidu calls death of ex-Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao ‘murder’, demands CBI probe into incident

Terming the death of former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who allegedly committed suicide, as 'murder,' TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident

Press Trust of India September 17, 2019 15:56:20 IST
Chandrababu Naidu calls death of ex-Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao ‘murder’, demands CBI probe into incident
  • Terming the death of former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who allegedly committed suicide, as 'murder,' TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident

  • The 72-year old leader was last month slapped with a criminal case by the Andhra Pradesh police for alleged illegal possession of furniture of the Assembly

  • The ruling YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh had dubbed Kodela a 'thief' who stole the legislature property, a charge denied by him

Hyderabad: Terming the death of former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who allegedly committed suicide, as "murder," TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident.

Chandrababu Naidu calls death of exAndhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao murder demands CBI probe into incident

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Blaming the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government for the death of Rao, Naidu said, "I have seen 11 chief ministers in my career and I my self have held the post for so many years. I have never seen such a chief minister (Jaganmohan Reddy). This (suicide) is nothing but murder by the government."

"The entire case has to be investigated by the CBI. Intellectuals in this country should debate on the government's attitude," he told reporters. Based on eye-witness accounts, Rao was suspected to have committed suicide.

The 72-year old leader was last month slapped with a criminal case by the Andhra Pradesh police for alleged illegal possession of furniture of the Assembly. The ruling YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh had dubbed Kodela a 'thief' who stole the legislature property, a charge denied by him.

Hitting out at the Andhra Pradesh government, Naidu said 19"baseless and unfounded"cases including some related to extortion and breach of trust were foisted against the family members of the departed leader, violating Supreme Court guidelines, which mandates an inquiry before filing such cases.

According to Naidu, the furniture missing case filed against the former speaker was "petty" in nature and the Guntur police booked a case under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant).

The former chief minister said Rao wrote two letters to the Assembly secretary to take back the furniture he kept in his camp office in June and also in August. However, the state government chose to file a case against him, he alleged.

Calling Jaganmohan Reddy's dispensation as "worse than a terrorist government" Naidu said, Rao who was regarded as "Palnadu Tiger" was mentally, physically and financially harassed and intimidated.

"Right from constable to the DGP and everybody in the government whoever filed and is dealing with these (cases against Rao) became spineless," he said. The government abetted the suicide and it is a clear case study on "vindictive politics," which people of the State should be made aware of, he said.

Meanwhile, Naidu paid homage to the departed leader at TDP headquarters before it was taken to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to be kept at the party's office for people to pay tribute. A six-time MLA from Guntur district, Rao was the Andhra assembly Speaker from 2014 to 2019.

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