Call Money Scam: AP Assembly Suspends 58 Opposition MLAs

18/12/2015 1:01 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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YSR Congress chief, Jagan Mohan Reddy gestures during a protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, in New Delhi on February 17, 2104. YSR Congress, which is stiffly opposing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, sought Left support for stalling the creation of Telangana state and asking all opposition parties to oppose its creation. AFP PHOTO/ SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

HYDERABAD -- The Andhra Pradesh Assembly saw the suspension of 58 Opposition MLAs including YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday.

The Members of Legislative Assembly were suspended after an uproar over the Call Money scam.

A massive blackmail, extortion and sex racket linked to Call Money was exposed in Andhra Pradesh, in which 80 people from different political parties have been arrested.

Call money is a loan that is just a phone call away, with money delivered at one's doorstep.

The flipside is that the lender can demand it back at any time and if the borrower cannot repay, the lender can take away property.

According to the police, women were coerced into sexual exploitation on not being able to return the amount.

The lenders demanded rates of interest that were as high as 120 percent to 200 percent. Promissory notes and blank cheques were taken against the loans.

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