Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP Kavitha Maloth has been sentenced to six months in jail by a court in Hyderabad for bribing voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
Kavitha Maloth had won the elections from the Mahbubabad constituency in the Warangal district. This is the first time a sitting MP has been condemned for bribing voters during the elections.
The judge at the special court for the trial of MP and MLAs also convicted Kavitha Maloth’s supporter Shaukat Ali in the bribery case.
He had been caught distributing money to voters by the Election Commission’s flying team.
Both of them were however released on bail after they paid a fine of Rs 10,000.
The police had filed a case against the two under sections 171-B (bribery) and 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. They were exempted from the second charge. Kavitha Maloth told PTI that she will approach the Telangana High Court in the matter. The special court had given her one month time to do so.