Hyderabad court asks police to book MP

HYDERABAD - A city court Thursday directed the police to register a case against Congress leader and MP Madhu Yashki Goud and his family members for allegedly using forged documents to go to the US.

The magistrate directed Hyderabad police commissioner B. Prasada Rao to probe allegations that the MP had gone to the US on forged documents and also sent his family members in a similar way.

The order came on a complaint filed by Congress leader Gone Prakash Rao, who alleged that Goud had two passports and that he forged documents including educational certificates.

Prakash Rao hailed the court order. He said he approached the court after the police commissioner did not act on his request to verify the certificates of the MP and his family members, as they got their US visas on fake educational certificates.

Goud, who is secretary of All India Congress Committee, represents Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency.

Prakash Rao, former chairman of state-owned Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), claimed that Goud obtained a second passport with slight change in surname after his visa application was rejected by the US consulate.

He also alleged that Goud sent his two brothers, a sister and a brother-in-law to the US on fake educational certificates and they later got green cards.

Goud, an Indian American who was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004, has denied the allegations.

Prakash Rao, a loyalist of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, made the sensational allegations against Goud last year after he tried to put pressure on the party leadership to take a clear stand in favour of separate statehood to the Telangana region.

Goud, a backward class leader, has serious differences with the chief minister and his loyalists on the Telangana issue.

Last year, a few pro-Telangana students of Osmania University had assaulted Prakash Rao during a press conference when he was making allegations against Goud.


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