YSRC MP, who criticised CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, held for sedition

YSR Congress lawmaker Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju was arrested in Hyderabad by Andhra Pradesh’s Crime Investigation Division (CID) on Friday on costs of sedition, disturbing communal concord and attacking dignitaries of the Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities, the police stated in an announcement.

A police assertion issued after his arrest stated a preliminary inquiry in opposition to the MP “discovered that by his speeches on common foundation Mr Raju was indulging in systematic, schematic effort to trigger tensions among the many communities and by attacking numerous authorities dignitaries in a approach which can trigger lack of religion within the authorities which they signify”.

The arrest comes weeks after Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju, an outspoken critic of his celebration chief and Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy for almost a 12 months, requested a particular CBI particular court docket on April 27 to cancel the bail granted to Jagan Mohan Reddy. He alleged that the chief minister, launched on bail in an alleged disproportionate belongings case pending since 2012, had been violating the bail circumstances. This request is pending earlier than the decide who requested the CBI and Jagan Mohan Reddy to reply to the cost.

Raju, who represents Narasapuram parliamentary constituency in West Godavari district, was in Hyderabad to rejoice his 59th birthday on Friday when a CID police led by R Vijaya Paul, further superintendent of police, Guntur, arrested him.

The CID assertion stated a case had been registered in opposition to the MP underneath Part 124-A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), for alleged feedback in opposition to the Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities, damaging its status and inciting hatred among the many individuals. The police have additionally invoked Part 153 (b) (making feedback inflicting communal disharmony or affecting nationwide integration) and Part 505 (making statements with public mischief) in opposition to the MP.Raju’s son Ok Bharat informed reporters that the CID workforce forcibly took away his father with out disclosing any causes.

“They didn’t even inform us the place my father is being taken. How can the cops arrest an MP at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is so extreme?” he requested.

Bharat stated he would file a petition in court docket in opposition to his father’s “unlawful arrest”.

This isn’t the primary time that Raju, a widely known industrialist within the West Godavari district, has gone in opposition to Jagan Reddy. Raju stop the celebration in 2014 after he didn’t get a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha normal elections and crossed over to the BJP. He exited the BJP in 2018 and switched to the Telugu Desam Celebration earlier than returning to the YSR Congress in March 2019 in time for the Lok Sabha elections.

Raju was elected to the Lok Sabha however had a falling out with Jagan Mohan Reddy once more final 12 months. He was issued a show-cause discover by the celebration in June 2020. Jagan Mohan Reddy hasn’t suspended him to this point however in October final 12 months, it did ask Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to disqualify him.

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