TDP cadre booked for organising rally for Chandrababu Naidu without permission, causing traffic jam

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu received grand welcome in Hyderabad after being released from jail on interim bail.

ByBhaskar Basava

Published Nov 02, 2023 | 5:40 PMUpdatedNov 02, 2023 | 5:42 PM

People rallying behind TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu after he was granted bail by the Andhra Pradesh High Court (@JaiTDP twitter)

The Begumpet police have registered a case against TDP cadre for organising a rally allegedly without any permission to welcome party president Chandrababu Naidu — who was released on bail from Rajamahendravaram jail — in Hyderabad on Wednesday, 1 November.

The rally allegedly caused massive traffic snarls in the city, especially in the Begumpet area.

FIR on TDP for rallying in Hyderabad

A copy of the complaint has been accessed by South First.

The TDP Hyderabad city general secretary GVG Naidu and some others have been named in the FIR.

Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Naidu on Tuesday was released on interim bail on health grounds after spending around 50 days in Rajamahendravaram Central Prison following his arrest in the skill development scam case on 9 September.

Upon Naidu’s arrival in Hyderabad on Wednesday, the TDP cadre welcomed him with a procession that included around 50 bikes, 20 cars, and over 400 members rallying behind him from the Begumpet airport to his residence in Jubilee Hills.

The Begumpet police registered an FIR after receiving a written complaint at 8.30 pm on Wednesday from Begumpet Sub-Inspector (SI) R Jayachander, who was on bandobast duty.

Jayachander alleged that the TDP had not obtained any permission for the rally, which caused a two-hour traffic congestion in Begumpet.

Upon receiving the complaint, the Station House Officer of the Begumpet Police Station, Jittu Bhaskar, registered a case under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 290 (public nuisance) read with Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and Section 21 (power to make rules for regulation of traffic and for preservation of order) read with Section 76 (Contravention of rules and orders issued under Sec 21 ) of Hyderabad City Police Act.

The investigation has been entrusted to SI K Gangadhar.

Also read: Naidu’s journey home: YSRCP alleges violation of bail conditions

Bail on health grounds 

After 50 days in jail, Naidu was granted interim bail for four weeks by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in the skill development scam case on 31 October.

The decision came after the ACB court initially denied bail. Subsequently, a petition was submitted, seeking interim bail for medical treatment.

This bail comes as a relief to Naidu, who was said to be suffering from various health issues in jail due to harsh weather conditions.

As mentioned by Naidu’s counsel, the TDP president underwent cataract surgery in June.

Due to an apparent disparity in the petitioner’s vision, it was advised that he undergo cataract surgery for the right eye at the earliest, as any delay in this operation could lead to a significant deterioration in his vision.

Reports suggest that Naidu will undergo eye surgery this week at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.

The high court allowed him to undergo the eye surgery and asked him to submit the reports in a sealed cover while surrendering on 28 November at Rajamahendravaram Central Jail.

The single-judge bench, led by Justice T Mallikarjuna Rao, noted, “This court places the health and well-being of an individual as the foremost consideration, irrespective of the gravity of the alleged offence. It’s important to recognise that custody during the investigative phase should not be perceived as punitive.”

After the conditional interim bail was granted, the CIS, which was investigating the case in which NAidu was arrested, made immediate submissions to the high court seeking more restrictions on Naidu during the bail period.

The court then placed these restrictions on Naidu, prohibiting him from engaging in political rallies, granting press interviews, or making any public statements regarding this case.