AP Speaker summoned in electoral laws violation complaint

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Karimnagar: Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Shiva Prasada Rao has been summoned by a local court on April 20 in connection with a complaint pertaining to alleged violation of the electoral laws.

Magistrate M Satish Kumar today issued summons to Rao on a complaint filed by one Singireddy Bhaskara Reddy of Karimnagar, who contended that Rao used undue influence and won the election by spending money.

Rao is elected from Sattenapalle constituency in Andhra Pradesh.

To support his claim, Reddy argued that Rao in an interview to a news channel on June 19, 2016 had stated that “He (Rao) had spent Rs 30,000 when he first fought the MLA election in 1983 and that too with donations from the villagers. But the recent election expenses touched Rs 11.50 crore.”

The interview was telecast on June 19, 2016.

“The expenditure in his (Rao’s) words was 40 times more than the expenditure limit set by the Election Commission,” contended Reddy.

Reddy’s complaint maintains that Rao used undue influence and won the election by spending huge amount of money.

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