The Enforcement Directorate’s serious questioning of Ibrahimpatnam’s TRS MLA Manchireddy Kishan Reddy is creating ripples in the ruling TRS in Telangana. Reddy was questioned for long hours over his visits abroad, where he is said to have indulged in a casino and allegedly took part in money laundering. Sources say that another MLA from Nizamabad too could be questioned soon.
This MLA in question from Nizamabad is said to have accompanied Kishan Reddy abroad and is said to have played a role in money laundering. He and the Ibrahimpatnam MLA were taken abroad by Casino-fame Praveen Chikoti. Several other politicians and senior officials were reportedly sent abroad by Praveen Chikoti.
The ED sleuths believe that both Nizamabad district’s MLA and Ibrahimpatnam MLA have transferred funds for gambling via the hawala route. They have also reportedly flouted the FEMA rules that govern cross-country money transfer.
Sources also say that the MLA from the undivided Nizamabad also accompanied a team of real estate biggies on their foreign joints. During these tours, they were believed to have resorted to gambling and betting. Hence, the Enforcement Directorate could question this MLA also, sources, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed.
Meanwhile, the MLA from Nizamabad is also said to have close connections with businessmen and entrepreneurs who have been questioned in the Delhi liquor scam. The scam has also pointed accusing fingers at both Rajya Sabha MP Joginpally Santosh Kumar and MLC Kavitha Kalwakuntla, both of whom are part of KCR’s family.