When media assumed KCR was the ‘father’ indicted in ED report on Delhi liquor policy case

Advocate P Mohith Rao said news media should refrain from publishing articles with such claims, and also warned of civil and criminal action.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published May 29, 2024 | 10:13 AM Updated May 29, 2024 | 10:13 AM

When media assumed KCR was the ‘father’ indicted in ED report on Delhi liquor policy case

In a case of jumping to conclusion, several media outlets on Tuesday claimed former Telangana Chief Minister and BRS Chief K Chandrashekhar Rao was indicted by ED in the Delhi liquor policy case. A closer look at the ED report revealed that the ‘father’ mentioned in the files referred to Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy.

BRS MLC K Kavitha’s advocate P Mohith Rao on Tuesday, 28 May, refuted claims that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has mentioned the name of BRS chief and former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao in the Delhi liquor scam case.

The ED has already arrested KCR’s daughter Kavitha in connection with the case.

Moth Rao said on Tuesday: “KCR’s name was not mentioned in arguments of ED.” He added that any such claim was misleading.

He also said the court heard the statement of Magunta Raghava Reddy, son of MP Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy, and that the statement had no mention of the BRS chief.

South First‘s research unearthed a few news reports that claimed KCR knew everything about the liquor policy scam, and that Kavitha introduced everybody involved to her father.

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Raghava’s statement

Mohith Rao, a Supreme Court advocate, on Tuesday detailed Kavitha’s bail plea being heard in the Delhi High Court, saying the ED placed the statement of Raghava Magunta — son of MP Magunta Sreenivasulu Reddy — on record.

The father-son duo have turned approver in the case. Others from South India who turned approver in the case were Hyderabad-based industrialist P Sarath Chandra Reddy and Kavitha’s former chartered accountant Butchibabu Gorantla.

Mohith Rao, while talking to reporters, read out from was he said was the “statement of Raghava Magunta, part of the South Group”, dated 26 July, 2023.

According to the advocate, Raghava revealed in the statement that he paid ₹25 crore in cash to Abhishek Boinpally — another businessman and also an accused in the case — and Butchibabu as per an agreement between K Kavitha, himself, and his father.

This cash transfer apparently took place on two occasions. On 28 March, 2021, Raghava Magunta’s staff Gopi Kumaran delivered an amount of ₹10 crore to an address given by Butchibabu in Chennai, said the statement.

In June 2021, Gopi Kumaran delivered another ₹15 crore in cash to an address given by Abhishek Boinpally, it added.

Gopi Kumaran is said to have corroborated the statement of Raghava Magunta.

Raghava is also said to have revealed that Kavitha introduced his father to her team of Butchibabu, Abhishek Boinpally, and Arun Pillai — another businessman accused in the case. They reportedly met Raghava and his father at the latter’s residence in Delhi.

Raghava also claimed that Butchibabu introduced Sameer Mahendru as well to him and his father, with whom they later discussed a partnership in retail.

“In the whole document, there is no mention of KCR and his name. The news media should refrain from writing such news,” said Mohith Rao, besides threatening civil and criminal action.

“No argument has taken place involving KCR’s name. I was in court while the hearing was taking place,” he added.