2019-09-16 16:37:31 UTC
Andhra Pradesh: Ex-Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao commits suicide
Rao was accused of diverting furniture worth nearly Rs 1 crore from the AP Assembly in Hyderabad to his personal offices and residence in Guntur while the capital was being shifted by Hyderabad to Amaravati.
Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker and six-time TDP MLA Kodela Siva Prasad Rao allegedly committed suicide at his Hyderabad residence on Monday. Former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu condoled his death. Taking to Twitter, Naidu said Kodela’s death is a “deficit for the party and the people”.
“I am unable to digest the death of Kodela Sivaprasad. Kodela joined the medical profession and emerged as the most popular leader…I extend my deepest sympathies to their family members, praying to God that He may grant them peace,” he said.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also expressed grief. “Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the death of former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Sri Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members,” the CM office said in a tweet.
His tenure as Speaker was mired in controversies, with allegations of him diverting furniture worth nearly Rs 1 crore from the AP Assembly to his personal offices and residence in Guntur while the capital was being shifted by Hyderabad to Amaravati. His son Shivaram was also accused of stealing laptops meant for skill development centres which he later returned.
A case was registered by the new YSRCP government under IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property). A case was also registered against his son Shivaram for duping sales tax department by not paying tax on sale of nearly 400 two-wheelers from his showroom in Guntur town.