Derogatory posts: Hyderabad police issue summons to Congress poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu

The notice said that Kanugolu would be arrested if he fails to appear in connection with a case registered against INClusive Minds.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Dec 27, 2022 | 6:52 PM Updated Dec 27, 2022 | 6:53 PM

Sunil Kanugolu, the Congress poll strategist, has been asked to appear at 11 am on 30 December along with his explanation.

The cybercrime wing of the Hyderabad City Police on Tuesday, 27 December, issued a notice to Congress’s poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu, asking him to appear before investigators for an inquiry on 30 December.

The notice was issued under Section 41(A) (notice of appearance before a police officer) of the Criminal Procedure Code. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Mallu Ravi received the notice on behalf of Kanugolu.

The notice stated that the inquiry is in connection with a case registered on Saturday, 24 December, against Kanugolu under IPC sections 469 (harming the reputation of a person) and 505 (2) (creating or promoting hatred).

The cybercrime police had raided the INClusive Minds’ office at Madhapur on 13 December over allegations of operating social media pages that posted morphed and derogatory content against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

What does the notice say?

The notice directed Kanugolu to appear before the investigation officer at 11 am on Friday, 30 December, and offer an explanation.

Hyderabad cybercrime police issued notice to Sunil Kanugolu congress poll strategist on 27 December.

Notice issued to Congress poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu. (Supplied)

The cybercrime police have also directed the Congress’s poll strategist to comply with as many as 10 conditions listed in the notice

The conditions included not tampering with evidence or issuing threats to any person related to the case, and also to produce all relevant documents required for the probe.

The notice added that Kanugolu could be arrested under sections 41 A (3) and 4 of the CrPC if he fails to appear before the police as directed.

“The conditions are like those of airlines issue when one buys an aeroplane ticket,” Ravi told South First.

Terming it a routine inquiry, the senior Congress leader said that Kanugolu would present himself before the police. He denied receiving a copy of the First Information Report (FIR).

“We have received only this notice,” he added.

Related: The raid on Congress strategist Sunil Kanugolu’s Hyderabad office 

Kanugolu’s office sealed

On 14 December, the police sealed Kanugolu’s INClusive Minds office — the same day on which Chief Minister Rao inaugurated the BRS office in Delhi.

The police deemed the critical and satirical social media posts against KCR and other BRS leaders “objectionable”. The posts were deleted and electronic devices were confiscated.

Three members of Kanugolu’s team were arrested and booked under IPC sections 469 and 505 (2).

The Congress is backing Kanugolu. The party has hired his firm, Mindshare Analytics, to strategize its campaigns for the upcoming Karnataka elections and later in Telangana.

Related: Office of Sunil Kanugolu sealed, social media pages deleted