Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against N Chandrababu Naidu, others in 2010 Babli project agitation case

Naidu and others, then in the opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh, had been arrested and lodged in a jail in Pune in connection with the agitation staged by them near the Babli project site in Maharashtra, opposing it on the ground that it would affect the people downstream. All were released later though they did not seek bail.

Press Trust of India September 14, 2018 11:47:56 IST
Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against N Chandrababu Naidu, others in 2010 Babli project agitation case

Amaravati: A local court in Maharashtra has issued an arrest warrant against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 15 others in a 2010 case related to an agitation by them over the Babli project across river Godavari.

The judicial first class magistrate of Dharmabad in Nanded district, N R Gajbhiye, issued the order, directing police to arrest all the accused and produce them in the court by 21 September.

Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against N Chandrababu Naidu others in 2010 Babli project agitation case

File photo of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. IBN Live

Naidu and others, then in the opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh, had been arrested and lodged in a jail in Pune in connection with the agitation staged by them near the Babli project site in Maharashtra, opposing it on the ground that it would affect the people downstream. All were released later though they did not seek bail.

The court order, dated 5 July and supposed to be executed by 16 August but corrected to 21 September, was issued on a petition filed by a Maharashtra resident. Besides Naidu, state water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and social welfare minister N Anand Babu, former MLA G Kamalakar (who subsequently joined the TRS) were among the Telugu Desam Party workers booked in the case.

They have been charged with the Indian Penal Code offences, including assault or criminal force, to deter public servant from discharge of duty, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, act endangering life or personal safety of others, criminal intimidation among others. Naidu was the leader of opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh then and the case has been pending trial all these years.

Reacting to the news about the court order, Naidu's son and state Information Technology Minister N Lokesh said his father and other TDP leaders would attend the court. "He fought to protect the interests of Telangana. He even refused to seek bail when he was arrested," Lokesh said. The chief minister is currently camping in Tirumala near Tirupati, attending the annual brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara temple there

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