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HC faults police over Telangana Congress leader's arrest

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The on Tuesday voiced its unhappiness over the manner in which Police arrested state working from his house in the dead of night.

The court asked the what was the need for taking the into custody. It heard thrice the habeas corpus petition filed by V. Narender and in the evening summoned to record his statement.

sought time till Wednesday to submit evidence to justify Revanth's arrest.

Earlier, the police submitted to the court that they took him into custody as his call for a shutdown in Kodangal to protest K. Chandrashekhar Rao's visit could have created law and order problems.

The court observed that there was nothing wrong in Revanth calling for a shutdown and asked police to provide evidence to justify its action.

Revanth was arrested from his residence at 3 a.m ahead of KCR's election rally at Kosgi in Kodangal constituency, which was represented by the Congress in the dissolved Assembly.

After KCR's rally in the evening, police released The Congress leader alleged that the Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had hatched a plan to create disturbances in Kodangal in the next 48 hours. He claimed that KCR was using police to suppress the opposition and using money to influence the voters.

Revanth had called for a shutdown in Kodangal to protest against police raids at his house last week.

The had also issued a notice to Reddy over his threat. A said a case was booked against on a complaint by the

The Congress party strongly condemned the arrest of its leader and lodged a complaint with the It said with just a day for the campaigning to come to an end, their leader was denied an opportunity to campaign.

Congress tweeted that Revanth's arrest is a proof of KCR's autocratic rule. In the comments in Telugu on his handle, the Congress leader said the arrest cannot stop the Congress' march. He further wrote that the time has come for the end of anti-people rule of TRS.

Senior Congress leader condemned the manner in which police arrested Revanth. He said the fear of election defeat has gripped KCR.

State's Rajat Kumar, however, denied the allegations that they are biased. He said they treat all political parties equally.

Elections to the 119-member Assembly are scheduled for December 7.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:02 IST