KADAPA: The Supreme Court verdict upholding the High Court judgement of life sentence to 11 accused in the sensational murder case of Yeduguri Sandinti Raja Reddy, father of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, comes exactly 17 days before Raja Reddy’s 11th death anniversary.
Sixteen persons were accused in the brutal murder of Raja Reddy after waylaying him near a culvert in Vemula town in Pulivendula Assembly constituency and hurling a bomb from a close range causing his instant death on May 23, 1998, during Telugu Desam Party rule.
He was going from YSR Estates at Idupulapaya to Pulivendula.
Of the 16, two had died while two others were excluded from the list of accused by CID.
S.V. Satish Kumar Reddy, who contested as Telugu Desam Party candidate against the Chief Minister from Pulivendula Assembly segment in this election and the then Vemula mandal president, and Perla Parthasarathi Reddy, then Pulivendula market committee chairman, who were booked as conspirators, have been dropped from the list of accused.
An accused Perla Umamaheswara Reddy, brother of Mr. Parthasarathy Reddy has been killed in a retaliatory attack and another accused, Brahmananda Reddy, died in an accident later.
The 11 persons sentenced to life term are Perla Ramanjaneya Reddy, Perla Somasekhara Reddy, Perla Ramakrishna Reddy, Perla Sesha Reddy, Annareddy Sambasiva Reddy, Annareddy Srinivasulu Reddy, Annareddy Dasaratha Reddigari Lakshmi Reddy, Poreddy Viswanatha Reddy, Palle Venkatarami Reddy, Vadderapu Obaiah and Rajipalle Sudhakara Reddy.
Nine of them are lodged in Kadapa Central Prison since the High Court judgement on September 29, 2006, and two others are serving life-term in a case of double murder of two Congress activists.