After days of court-hopping, Krishank Manne’s legal team hopeful of verdict on Friday

Krishank was arrested on 1 May by Hyderabad Police in connection with an alleged forgery case relating to an OU notice.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published May 10, 2024 | 1:39 PMUpdatedMay 10, 2024 | 1:40 PM

Krishank Manne was arrested for allegedly circulating fake letters.

BRS social media convener Krishank Manne’s legal team is awaiting the VIII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court’s verdict on his bail application on Friday, 10 May.

The case and the petition grabbed attention after they were transferred to different five courts at Nampalli over the past 10 days, with none of the courts passing a judgment.

Manne’s legal team told South First on Friday that the court had heard the matter and they were awaiting its order.

Manne has been lodged in the Chanchalguda Jail ever since his 1 May arrest for allegedly forging a notice of the Osmania University. (OU)

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‘Unnecessary arrest’

BRS party legal cell advocate Lalitha said the team has been arguing the case in every ACMM court for hours, before being told that the order would be passed the next day.”

“This is a case registered under Section 41A under the CrPC, and arrest is not mandatory. However, in this case, the judges have not been passing orders,” she told South First.

She noted that all charges against Manne carried maximum prison sentences below seven years, if he was proven guilty.

The police violated the Supreme Court guidelines that offences inviting imprisonment of under seven years should follow Section 41A of the CrPC, Lalitha said.

The section does not warrant arrest unless the accused fails to appear before the investigator.

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Passing the case

Manne was first produced in front of ACMM IV at his residence in East Maredpally. On 2 May, the prosecution sought a passover for filing a counter after lunch.

However, after 4 pm, the public prosecutor sought more time to file a counter, and hence the court adjourned the case to 3 May.

On 3 May, both sides argued the case and police asked for Manne’s custody. The judge posted the case to 4 May for orders in the custody petition. The next day, Manne’s custody was given to the cops for one day.

On 6 May, the IV ACMM went on leave. So, the bail petition was taken to the VI ACMM. However, the VI ACMM applied for half-day leave due to ill health.

Then the bail petition was taken to ACMM VI. He heard both sides and posted the case to 7 May for further hearing.

On that day, he heard both sides again and posted the case for orders on 8 May.

On 8 May, the bail petition was transferred before ACMM VIII, who was already on leave that day.

Due to her absence, the bail petition was heard by XXI ACMM, and she posted the case to 9 May for hearing before VIII ACMM.

On 9 May, the VIII ACMM heard both sides’ arguments and again posted the case to 10 May for further hearing.

Meanwhile, BRS working President KT Rama Rao visited Krishank along with the latter’s wife Suhasini at Chanchalguda Jail.

He then challenged Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy to go to jail if he was proven wrong on who had shared the fake Osmania University notice.