Former Andhra Pradesh speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao passed away at a private hospital on Monday, September 16 after an alleged suicide attempt in his house.
Allegations were made against Kodela Siva that he ‘diverted furniture worth Rs 1 crore’ from AP Assembly to his residence. His son was also accused of stealing laptops meant for skill development research, which he later returned.
Following these allegations, a case was registered against Rao under IPC Section 409 and 411. He challenged the case in court, stating that he had written to the government to take back the furniture or recover the cost of it.
Rao was reportedly upset over the cases being foisted against his family members by the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and therefore he tried hanging himself on Sunday night, but his attempt was foiled by his family members. He was then rushed to the Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital in Hyderabad where he later passed away.
A political slug fest erupted soon after Rao’s death, with TDP leader Kesineni Nani calling his demise not a suicide albeit a “brutal murder by chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy”.
A doctor by profession, Rao served as a minister in the NT Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu cabinet and was the first speaker of the Andhra Pradesh assembly after the state’s bifurcation.
Earlier, he was elected as an MLA from NarasaraoPet and Sathenapally assembly segments. He lost in the recent elections against YSR Congress Party candidate Ambati Ram Babu from Sathenapally.