AP SC-ST & Tribal minister Ravela Kishore Babu's son, Susheel Ravela, was arrested by the Hyderabad police during the early hours of Sunday, a day after a case of outraging a woman's modesty was registered against him.
According to reports, Susheel reached the Banjara Hills police station with his lawyers on Sunday and was arrested after initial investigation.
The victim, who works as a teacher at a private school in Banjara Hills, is a resident of Ambedkarnagar. She complained against the ministerâ€™s son and his driver for misbehaving with her on Thursday evening when she was on her way from school and was passing though Road No 13. The teacher also informed the police that the car that was following her had a â€˜MLAâ€™ sticker on it.
In her complaint, the victim said that the ministerâ€™s son Susheel Ravela and the driver of the car were drunk and passed comments on her. Later they asked her to get inside the car while one of them even tried to pull her inside.
However, Susheel claimed innocence through his Facebook post, which he put out on Saturday morning.
Claiming that "the events which are being portrayed in the news channels are completely made up and totally false," he said:
I stopped my vehicle suddenly as soon as I saw a little puppy crossing the road in front of my car. As I am really fond of pets, I went and picked it up after which the lady who was near the vehicle without any specific reason started abusing and shouting. Even before I could react, she created a scene because of which people started gathering. She misused the situation and misled the crowd because of which they lost control and started manhandling me. The incident was resolved yesterday itself but it was stretched till this evening. The crowd joined hands with unknown people whose only intention was political vengeance. This incident is a cruel act by our political opponents.
The minister also held a press conference on Saturday, where he said:
"I will only believe it when itâ€™s proved in the investigation and I am sure that truth will come out through investigation. Meanwhile, I will not get involved in the process, but whoever involved in such kind of things, I will not tolerate even if itâ€™s my son (sic)"
Susheel was sent to the Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad for a medical check up and will be produced in front of a magistrate soon.
CCTV footage shows Andhra minister's son followed woman in his carhttps://t.co/3rhBsauismâ€” Times of India (@timesofindia) March 5, 2016
AP Min Ravela Kishore Babu's son Susheel arrested after he surrendered before police at Banjara hills police station pic.twitter.com/5fAv1CZ8LQâ€” ANI (@ANI_news) March 6, 2016