TDP leader Prabhakar Reddy and son held in alleged transport scam

South India

A day after the arrest of former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) former minister K Atchannaidu’s arrest in connection with the ESI medicine purchase scam, another senior party leader and his son have been arrested for allegedly tampering the vehicle registration rules and fabricating documents.

JC Prabhakar Reddy, a former MLA from Tadipatri, and his son JC Asmith were arrested by Andhra Pradesh police from the Telangana capital of Hyderabad on Saturday and shifted to Anantapur for further investigation in the case, according to a report in Hindu.

The arrest followed two-hour raid in the house of Prabhakar Reddy at Jubilee Hills. Reports said that the accused were involved in criminal activities as part of the travels business Prabhakar do along with his brother and former MP JC Diwakar Reddy.

The duo have aslo been accused of selling BS-III vehicles after registering them as BS-IV vehicles during the TDP regime in Andhra Pradesh. Quoting sources, Hindu said that Prabhkar Reddy was facing criminal charges of tampering the vehicle registration rules for 154 lorry trailers and fabricating documents.

Joint Transport Commissioner S.A.V. Prasada Rao said Prabhakar Reddy’s act was not limited to production of fake invoices to get the vehicles registered in violation of the Supreme Court orders, but also production of fake insurance policies to the RTA authorities, which endangers public safety and road safety. Further criminal cases had to be booked against the two companies for producing fake insurance certificates, he added.

In Andhra Pradesh, out of 101 vehicles, 60 were seized (46 in Anantapur and others in Kadapa, Guntur, Nellore, Kurnool and Chittoor districts) and 41 vehicles were yet to be traced. Three cases were filed by the DTC Kurnool against Jatadhara Industries Pvt Ltd and C. Gopal Reddy & Co. while 24 criminal cases were filed by the DTC Anantapur (with inputs from agencies)

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