Apart from an NIA probe, the letter sent by BJP leader G Kishan Reddy is seeking action against a police officer who arrested Sai Prasad, a BJP youth leader, under section 66A of the IT Act.

Telangana BJP writes to Centre seeks NIA probe on rowdy sheeter TRS MLA
news Politics Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 17:39

The Telangana unit of the BJP has written a letter to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking NIA probe into the activities of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA, Mynampally Hanumanth Rao, alleging that he had forced the police to arrest a BJP youth wing leader under false charges. They’ve also sought action against a police officer for using section 66A of the IT Act – which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015 – to arrest the youth wing leader.

The letter sent by BJP leader G Kishan Reddy is seeking action against Neredmet Police officer A Narasimha Chary who arrested PM Sai Prasad, a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader and RTI activist. The Neredmet police arrested Sai on January 15, and he was sent to judicial remand for three days at the Cherlapally jail. The police booked the case based on a complaint by one S Rohit, a TRS party worker, over a few videos released by Sai Prasad in November 2018, prior to Assembly elections in the state. In these videos, Sai Prasad had raised questions over Mynampally’s educational qualifications and levelled allegations of land encroachments by the MLA.

Based on the complaint, police booked Sai Prasad under sections 500 (punishment for defamation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and 66A of IT Act (using computer or communication device for criminal intimidation and sending an offensive message) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

The BJP youth leader was granted bail after the police filed a memo in the court stating that the scrapped section 66A and section 120B were added to the charge sheet due to a typo error. “It is observed that due to oversight, typographical mistake and rush of the work (sic), the offences under (IPC) Section 120B and Sec 66A(b) of the IT Act were mistakenly typed. The said sections are not attracted by the averments of the complaint. Therefore the court is requested to withdraw these offences,” read the memo filed by the Neredmet police under the Rachakonda commissionerate of Hyderabad.

The Rachakonda police Commissioner has initiated an inquiry into the incident.

Speaking to TNM, Sai Prasad said, “We are expecting a response from the centre in a day or two. This is not a typo error as they have written clearly 120B and other sections under Section 66. Section 120B was dropped as a single person cannot be booked under this section of the IPC. All this was done on behest of the TRS MLA, who is a former rowdy sheeter and was externed from Hyderabad at one point of time.”

He went on to add that the CI of Neredmet police, after taking him into custody from a movie theatre, asked him to withdraw the case against the TRS MLA.

“The CI asked me why I am messing with Mynampally anna. He told me that I do not know how strong he is and that I can't imagine to what extent he would go. He also told me that when I come out of jail, there would be many cases filed against me. This police officer should be suspended from service,” Sai said.

Sai further alleged that “Mynampally’s son and his gang” were present at the police station at the time of his arrest, and threatened him saying they had issued a “supari” against him (contracted his killing).

The Malkajgiri DCP Ch R Umamaheswara Sarma tasked with the inquiry into the incident was unavailable for comment.

When contacted, an aide of the MLA told TNM, “Sai Prasad is a small child and our anna has no time to waste on such people. He is doing this just for publicity, what NIA probe is the BJP seeking? Does the NIA have no other job?”

Apart from calling for action against the police officer, the letter has also sought police protection for Sai Prasad.

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