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Arrest warrant issued against Andhra Pradesh CM Naidu

  • Published at 08:17 pm September 14th, 2018
Andra Pradesh CM Naidu AFP
Chief Minister of India's Andhra Pradesh state Chandrababu Naidu addresses a ceremony in Colombo on January 8, 2017, to mark the second anniversary of President Maithripala Sirisena's election as head of state AFP

Naidu has been charged with offences that include criminal intimidation

A non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 15 others, in connection with a protest against a water project in Maharashtra, India in 2010.

A Maharashtra court has ordered police to arrest Naidu and the other accused, and produce them before it by September 21, reports India Today.

A judicial first class magistrate of Dharmabad in Nanded district of Maharashtra issued the arrest warrants on Friday, based on a petition filed by a local resident. 

Naidu and the others have been charged with committing a number of offences under the Indian Penal Code during the 2010 protest in Babli, Maharashtra. The offences include assault or criminal force to a deter public servant from discharge of duty, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, acts endangering life or personal safety of others, and criminal intimidation.

Shortly after the protests, police had arrested Naidu, who was at the time the leader of opposition of then united Andhra Pradesh. However, he was later released.  

Naidu's Telegu Desam Party (TDP) claim the arrest warrant has been fabricated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar alleged that the BJP is targeting Naidu because he left the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.