‘Son made to sign note accepting Rs 100cr black money’

HYDERABAD: Labour minister Ch Malla Reddy on Thursday alleged that the Centre is targeting and intimidating him as he is a minister in the TRS government.
He said TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had alerted him about raids by central agencies much before these searches. He said the BJP government hatched a plan to prevent KCR from going national with Bharat Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as it would pose a threat to the saffron party in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

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“I am not scared of the income tax (I-T) searches as it is the third time the I-T sleuths conducted searches on my institutions. They (BJP government) cannot do anything to me or KCR now. Our strength and courage is KCR,” the minister said, addressing a press conference along with his son-in-law Marri Rajasekhar Reddy on Thursday
Alleging that I-T officials behaved like “hunting dogs doing gulamgiri of Delhi bosses”, they claimed that I-T officials misbehaved with women of the family and male officers took them in jeeps in the night to banks to open lockers.
The minister alleged that an I-T official forcibly took signatures from his elder son Ch Mahendar Reddy in the hospital on paper that stated “100 crore black money has been found with us”.
“My granddaughter Anu Sirya Reddy was taken to bank in a vehicle without a woman cop or officer. She was weeping and they did not allow her to speak to her dad,” the minister added.
“Telangana is a small state, there are no big scamsters here. Why similar searches were not conducted on minis-ters and ruling party MLAs in 19 BJP-ruled states. If I had joined BJP, the searches would not have been happened. I will be with KCR till my last breath,” Malla Reddy declared.
Claiming that his educational institutions were run in a transparent manner, the minister said all the fee were paid online. “There is no need to create terror during searches. They hired 200 vehicles. Are we criminals or running hawala business or indulging in money laundering. We don’t have hundreds of crores, but thousands of students. We are ready to cooperate with the I-T officials,” he said.
“This is only Part 1, we know there will be Part 2 and 3 and they (I-T officials) will make us go around Aayakar Bhavan for the next three months. We have experience on their modus operandi,” he added. “College admissions are held through counselling, where is the question of collecting donations?” he asked.
Rajasekhar Reddy said the searches were political vendetta. “They misbehaved with my daughter and parents. For the past 48 hours, they tortured my daughter. My father is 77-year-old. He was taken in the middle of the night from college to house,” he added.
“I pay 2 crore salaries in each college and 10 crore for five colleges. I was away in Turkey and this is admission time. So, I didn’t deposit money in the bank due to which cash was found,” he said. He refuted the allegations of irregularities in admissions. “I-T officials behaved like hunting dogs and these are motivated searches,” the leader said.

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