In a related development, a bail application was also filed in a court at Siddipet.

news Controversy Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 09:26

Telangana Police have filed a petition in a local court in Siddipet district, seeking seven-day custody of an Associate Professor of Hyderabad-based Osmania University, who was arrested earlier this week, for his alleged links with Maoists.

C Kasim, 46, an Associate Professor working in Telugu Department of the University, was arrested on Saturday following searches at his house and produced before a court, which remanded him to judicial custody. He is presently lodged in Sangareddy District Jail.

A petition seeking seven-day custody of Kasim for custodial interrogation as part of further probe into the case has been filed in a local court, a senior police official told PTI, adding the matter has been posted to January 22.

In a related development, a bail application was also filed in a court at Siddipet and the court may take up the petition in a couple of days, the defence counsel said.

The Telangana High Court on Sunday had directed the state police to furnish 'evidence' it had against Kasim's alleged Maoist links after he was produced before it.

Hearing a petition challenging Kasim's alleged illegal detention, Chief Justice R S Chauhan had recorded his statement and ordered the police to furnish all details, including the evidence against him, by January 23.

The CJ had on Saturday directed police to produce Kasim after an urgent hearing of a Habeas Corpus Petition (HCP) by president of the Telangana unit of the Civil Liberties Committee Gaddam Laxman. HCP is filed to seek production of a person in court.

Police had earlier said Kaiem was allegedly involved in a 2016 case registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, among other sections and claimed they have incriminating information that the professor was in continuous contact with Maoists party leaders.

Kasim, they claimed, was working as an organiser of "united front vertical" of Maoists for Telangana state and was coordinator for the funding and other things

They also said he recently took over as secretary of Virasam (revolutionary writers association). Virasam had condemned Kasim's arrest and demanded his immediate release.

Petitioner's counsel V Raghunath informed the High Court that his client never had any relationship or interaction with the Maoists.