Amaravati, May 24:
The Supreme Court of India has effectively brought to a grinding halt the conspiracy of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to topple the present Jagan Mohan Reddy Government.
Advisor (Public Affairs) to the Andhra Pradesh Government Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy speaking to the media said despite the efforts of Mr Naidu to protect Narasapuram MP Kanumuru Raghu Rama Raju in the sedition case the Supreme Court through various rulings gave ample indication that there was nothing wrong with Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Andhra Pradesh filing a case under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and that theagency could continue its inquiry in due course.
Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said that the conspirators tried to rescue Mr Raju against whom the CID booked the sedition case, by alleging that the MP was subjected to custodial violence and that he was not allowed to be admitted to a hospital of his choice.
Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said that if the CID officials wanted to tourture Mr Raju why would they select the second toe of the foot.
The Army Hospital Report on the few injuries on Mr Raju were not conclusive. They did not say when exactly the injuries might have occurred in the period Mr Raju was interrogated by the CID.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave who represented the State Government in the apex court suggested that these injuries might have been “self-inflicted” by Mr Raju in the time gap between the Apex court’s direction for medical examination and the petitioners reaching the Army Hospital, Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said. Mr Raju could have very well done it because he went to the Army Hospital in his own vehicle, he pointed out .
The conspirators were time and again finding fault with Mr Raju not being taken to Ramesh Hospital as requested by him, but there were very good reasons for denial of the request, Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said.
Ramesh Hospital became notorious after several persons got killed in a fire accident at a Covid centre it was managing. The officers wanted to take Mr Raju to a government hospital because they still had the best doctors, Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said.
High court rejects bail
The CID booked a sedition case against Mr Raju charging him with indulging in hate speeches against certain communities and promoting disaffection against the Government, which will cause loss of faith in the Government and also causing disturbances.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court refused Mr Raju bail saying “This Court(High Court), as well as the Sessions Court, have got concurrent jurisdiction, this Court is not inclined to entertain this petition directly without moving the same before the trial Judge, where entire material including remand report will be available on his production.”
Mr Raju then approached the apex court for bail. The top court granted bail to Mr Raju bail on health grounds on Friday with several conditions. It also acknowledged the detailed inquiry of the state CID. “The FIR was lodged only after detailed inquiry by State CID. Considering the totality of the circumstances and also the health of the Petitioner, specially that he had undergone heart bypass surgery, we deem it just and proper that the Petitioner be enlarged on bail,” the court said in the ruling.