Akbaruddin Owaisi, who has been remanded to 14 days in judicial custody for his communal speech, is hoping for relief from the Andhra Pradesh High court today where two petitions challenging his arrest could come up for hearing. However, his supporters weren't willing to wait for the result of the hearing and protested against his arrest by damaging vans belonging to news media outlets that had gone to Adilabad to cover the news of his arrest.
Owaisi, a state legislator representing the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), was arrested yesterday in a Hyderabad hospital and taken to Adilabad. He was produced before a court where he was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.
His supporters turned on media vans in Adilabad today and damaged windshields of the vehicles with stones, CNN-IBN reported.
The police has imposed prohibitory orders in Adilabad following the MLAs arrest.
Three FIRs have been filed against Owaisi for his alleged use of inflammatory language against a particular community in speeches he made at public gatherings in December 2012. The speeches were widely shared on social networks and it was only after outrage following the speeches that the cases were registered against him.
He has been charged under the following sections:
Section 295 A: Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.
Section 298: Uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings
Section 153 A: Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony
Section 121: Waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India
Owaisi was arrested amidst high drama yesterday from a Hyderabad hospital where he was taken for a check-up, after he claimed he was unfit and sought time to appear before the police.
The MIM legislator had earlier gone to London for treatment after the cases were filed against him.