Trapped in the vicious circle of political opportunism and vendetta politics, the former State Election Commissioner Kanaka Raj not just lost his plum post but also cost him his pocket after ending up in debt of more than Rs One Crore.
He turned a pawn in the political drama that was unfolded in Andhra Pradesh to replace the SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar for a brief period during the Covid pandemic. According to reliable sources, the retired Judge Kanaka Raju assumed the office of SEC for Andhra Pradesh during lockdown after he was appointed by YSRCP government replacing the sitting SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar after the differences cropped up with him over the cancellation of local body elections due to Covid pandemic.
The subsequent developments following the Supreme Court ruling in the issue made Kanaka Raju not only lose the post but also had to bear the money he had spent during his short tenure. It is estimated that nearly RsOne Crore had to be borne by the former SEC who had enthusiastically come all the way from Chennai to Vijayawada. He had spent the money for his stay in a hotel after which he moved to a luxurious flat at a monthly rent of Rs1,11,800. The owner of which later approached the Media as the SEC failed to pay him the rent for six months which has accumulated up to Rs7 lakh besides he had spent Rs 20 lakh on house renovation, and Rs 15 lakh on furniture.
In addition to this, the former SEC filed affidavits in Supreme Court against Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar although he had nothing to do with the political developments. This also has caused him heavy loss as he had appointed lawyers such as senior Advocate SS Prasad and CV Mohan Reddy whose remuneration will not be less than Rs3.5 lakh per day. On the whole, the overall dues up to Rs68.80 lakh had been piled up to be given to the lawyers alone.
The sources, however, say that former retired judge Kanaga Raju landed in the political trap only to be ended up in debt with High Court ruling SEC not to bear a single penny spent by the former SEC. Pitiable indeed.