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Hyderabad: A city court on Tuesday sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah to judicial custody for 14 days in the cash-for-vote case.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana, which arrested the lawmaker on Monday, presented him before the court on Tuesday.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the judge sent him to judicial custody till July 21. He was later shifted to Cherlapally Jail. The court directed jail authorities to provide him special category status.

The ACB also moved another petition, seeking the legislator’s custody for five days for further questioning while the his lawyer moved a bail application. The court adjourned hearing on both the petitions till Wednesday.

Earlier, the ACB informed the court that the TDP legislator has been included as the fifth accused in the case as there is a strong evidence of his involvement. In a memo filed with the court, the ACB said Veeraiah spoke 32 times to one of the accused, Sebastian Harry, over phone.

The agency also told the court that Veeraiah tried to evade questioning last month by getting himself admitted to a hospital in Rajahmundry in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. It also accused him of trying to influence other accused.

Veeraiah’s lawyer opposed the petition on the ground that the ACB did not take the assembly speaker’s permission before arresting him.

Talking to reporters outside the court premises, Veeraiah said he was arrested under a conspiracy by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government to create problems for the TDP. He said he was not afraid of the false case.

The ACB arrested the legislator on Monday evening after day-long questioning at the ACB office in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad.

He is the second TDP legislator to be arrested in the case.

The agency summoned him for questioning last month too but he failed to respond. He, later, sent a letter to the ACB, seeking 10 days’ time to appear before it, citing ill-health.

Veeraiah represents the Sattupalli assembly constituency in Khammam district of Telangana.

The ACB last month quizzed V. Narender Reddy who was the joint TDP-BJP candidate in the Telangana legislative council elections but he was not arrested.

TDP legislator Revanth Reddy was arrested by the ACB on May 31 while he was offering Rs.50 lakh as a bribe to nominated member Elvis Stephenson reportedly to induce him to vote for Narender Reddy.

The ACB, which laid a trap on a complaint by Stephenson, also arrested two aides of Revanth Reddy.

All the three were granted bail by the Hyderabad High Court last week.

The fourth accused, Jerusalem Mathaiah, is absconding and is believed to be hiding in Andhra Pradesh.

(IANS)

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Telangana To Declare 2020 as The Year of Artificial Intelligence: Report

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh

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The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors to bring Artificial Intellegence. Pixabay

The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare.

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh here on Friday.

The minister announced that the government would organise a series of events throughout the year centred around the AI theme.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, highlighted the various initiatives taken by the state government in the areas of emerging technologies.

“Telangana government is continuing to attract investors from marquee companies which are setting up their R&D and technology development centres in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, cyber security and blockchain,” KTR said.

The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors.

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The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare. Pixabay

Ghosh said that NASSCOM would be delighted to collaborate with government of Telangana in launching AI applications in various sectors and also creating an ecosystem for startups to implement these AI applications.

Ghosh informed that NASSCOM is proactively preparing a list of new job roles getting created in the emerging technology space. She said that NASSCOM would also be interested in partnering with the Telangana government on the open data initiative and also in skilling youngsters in data sciences.

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Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Director, Emerging Technologies, Rama Devi, and Director, Digital Media, Dileep Konatham were also present in the meeting. (IANS)