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Monday, November 2, 2020

Rs 10 million political donation of Visakha asbestos company seized in Telangana town headed for by-election

 Asbestos products manufacturing industry in India survives because of such donations to ruling parties. Visakha Industries Ltd is part of the cartel that is not allowing govts to ban killer asbestos mineral which has been banned in over 70 countries. G. Vivek reportedly owns V6 TV channel . Visakha Industries Ltd is one of the 18 members of a cartel-Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers Association (ACPMA). ACPMA has remained part of International Chrysotile Association (ICA), which has been found promoting the killer mineral fiber during covid-19 pandemic for “water and sanitation infrastructures”. Visakha Industries Ltd had filed a defamation case against Google and Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) to silence the voice of public health justice through its Strategic Litigation Against Public Persons (SLAPP) case.

1 Crore Seized From Car In Telangana Town Headed For By-Election

Two people have been detained and ₹ 1 crore has been seized while being transported illegally allegedly for use in the Dubbak bypoll in Telangana, scheduled on Tuesday. The accused includes Surabhi Srinivas Rao, brother-in-law of the BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao.

The Commissioner's Task Force, North Zone team along with Begumpet Police, busted the "illegal transport" of ₹ 1 crore near Begumpet flyover. Sources said the money being taken in a Toyota Innova was allegedly to be distributed to voters.

The two accused are businessman Surabhi Srinivas Rao, 47, and T Ravi Kumar, 33, the driver of the SUV.

The seized currency notes are of denominations ₹ 500 and ₹ 2,000.

"The (seized) mobile phones have revealed a lot of information that directly links the cash seized to the BJP candidate in Dubbaka," Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said.

The accused Surabhi Srinivas Rao lives in Hyderabad, and runs a "technical manpower supply business" called A to Z Solutions Ltd.

Investigators said the money was collected by Surabhi Srinivas Rao from Vishaka Industries' office in at Begumpet, Secunderabad in order to deliver at Dubbaka for distribution to voters.

A manager of Vishaka Industries, owned by G Vivek Venkata Swamy, the former MP of Peddapally, allegedly handed over the cash to him to transport from Hyderabad to Dubbaka. The seized property and the accused have been handed over to Begumpet police station for further investigation.

There have been at least five instances of unaccounted cash seized in the last 10 days, allegedly linked to the bypolls.

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