Former Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Vasantha Nageswara Rao was booked by the Ibrahimpatnam police on Monday after a part of a phone conversation was leaked to the media.
Guntupally panchayat secretary and TDP leader Narasimha Rao approached the police on Sunday and alleged that Nageswara Rao had abused and threatened him on the phone on September 7, over YSRCP banners being erected.
Another statement by the senior leader which had triggered a controversy was that he threatened Water Resources Minister and local legislator Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao of âdire consequencesâ during the phone call.
Following the complaint, Nageswara Rao was booked under sections related to obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.
Responding to the police case, the former minister said that the audio was fabricated and accused Uma Maheswara Rao of resorting to petty politics to ensure that he won from his constituency.
âI have worked many years with TDP leaders like Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, Ch Ayyannapatrudu, Gorantla Bucchaiah Chowdary and many others. They know me well. I feel very sad that I have been booked in a case at the age of 72,â Nageswara was quoted as saying.
Stating that he never indulged in violence to resolve political issues, he lashed out at the Devineni family and said that it was they who indulged in widespread bloodshed during their faction fights with the Vangaveeti family in Vijayawada and Krishna district.
âCould they prove that I had resorted to murder politics and misused my powers? As I am close to Narasimha Rao, I have enquired about his family members. I am pained that after many contributions to the state and society, I am being accused of resorting to murder politics. If my words have hurt them, I apologise,â he told reporters.