In a shocking piece of news, the Tamil Nadu police had registered a case against four people for allegedly cheating a BJP leader in the state with a fake promise of getting a ticket to contest in the state assembly election, that was held recently. The party had stunned to learn about the development that has alarmed about the racket unfolded under the party's banner.
According to reports, the police had received the complaint from Bhuvanesh Kumar in which he alleged that he was cheated by four people. Bhuvanesh Kumar is the BJP's president of Arani town in the Tiruvannamalai district. In his complaint, Kumar has said that he had Rs 50 lakh in total to the four people in the promise of securing the party's ticket to contest in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
Kumar had mentioned the names of four people - Narothaman, his father Chitti Babu, Vijayaraman, and his son Siva Balaji. Narothaman had claimed that he had worked as an assistant to Union Minister Kishan Reddy and he observes close ties with the minister. He plotted to swindle money from Bhuvanesh Kumar by using the name of the Union Minister.
Narothaman's father Chitti Babu is a native of Hyderabad while Vijayaraman and Siva Balaji are natives of Vyasarpadi. In his complaint, Kumar has said that Vijayaraman had introduced him to Narothaman. After the introduction, the four had demanded Rs 1 crore from Kumar to win the party's ticket to contest in the assembly polls. With the assurance, Kumar had made arrangements to secure a ticket.
Initially, Kumar had paid Rs 50 lakh in cash to the four and told them that he will pay the rest later. The BJP leader in Arani was full of confidence that he will be one of the BJP candidates in Tamil Nadu. However, he was shocked to know that his name was not there on the final list of the candidates released by the party. With shock, he demanded the four to return Rs 50 lakh that he paid to them for their fake promise.
However, the four had refused to pay the money back. After being distressed over a sham promise, Bhuvanesh Kumar had lodged a complaint to the police and the officials had filed a case against the four on Thursday under sections 294(b) - uttering obscene words, 406 - Punishment for criminal breach of trust, 506- Punishment for criminal intimidation, and 420- Cheating of the Indian Penal Code.
Bhuvanesh Kumar is also a businessman the preliminary investigations had revealed that the four people who looted the money are also BJP functionaries. Bhuvanesh Kumar had paid Rs 50 lakh to them at a hotel in T Nagar on March 12. The police investigation had revealed that the four had promised Kumar to get a seat even after the final list of candidates was announced by the party.
Amid repeated demands to pay the money, the four had refused post which Kumar had lodged a complaint with the police. According to reports, Pondy Bazaar police had filed an FIR against four BJP cadres and the officials have launched a manhunt to arrest the four accused. The plot of the BJP cadres to loot money from a BJP leader had shocked the party and the news has been going viral amid the leadership transition in the Tamil Nadu BJP.