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TRS MLA gives up
Ramesh Kandula
Tribune News Service


Hyderabad, April 27
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator K. Lingaiah today surrendered before the Nampally criminal court here for his alleged involvement in the human trafficking racket.

A case had earlier been registered by the police, accusing Lingaiah of illegally facilitating the emigration of Gujarati woman Anuradha Patel to the US after forging the picture of his wife Tara Devi on the passport.

The court remanded Lingaiah to judicial custody till May 11. After a local newspaper broke the story, Lingaiah, an MLA from Nerella in Karimnagar district, went into hiding to emerge today at court.

Lingaiah is a dissident TRS legislator, who is said to have close relations with the Congress and suspended TRS MP Narendra.

Speaking to reporters on the court premises, Lingaiah said he was innocent and was falsely implicated in the scam.

He claimed that he had handed over his passport to travel agent Rashid who might have misused it.

Meanwhile, TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao reiterated that A. Narendra, senior party leader who was suspended on allegations of involvement in the human trafficking scam, was guilty of sending several people illegally to foreign countries.

Narendra, meanwhile, alleged that several senior leaders and MPs of the TRS were involved in human trafficking racket.

The suspended leader alleged that eight Gujarati women had gone to the US on the basis of recommendation letters given by Chandrasekhar Rao in his capacity as union minister.

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