Second additional sessions judge T Venugopala Rao on Friday issued fresh summons to TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) chairman M Kodandaram asking them to appear in his court in person on Feb 27. Earlier this month, the District Legal Services Authority (DSLA) issued summons asking them to appear before it on Feb 15.
Based on a petition filed by Areti Mahesh, president of Samaikyandhra Student Joint Action Committee, DLSA secretary and senior civil judge K Surya Rao issued the summons on Feb 1. Chandrasekhar Rao and Kodandaram were charged under Sections 306 and 506 of IPC and also under the SC/ST Atrocities Act for making derogatory remarks against national leaders during the Samara Deeksha held in Hyderabad last month. The duo was also charged with abetting youth to commit suicide and criminal intimidation. On Friday, the case came for hearing before the second additional senior civil judge issued fresh summons for the second time asking them to appear before him on Feb 27. The court asked the petitioner to take up the case in a regular court or the Lok Adalat, if the respondents do not appear in the court on Feb 27.
There has been a severe backlash from various organisations supporting the cause of united Andhra Pradesh to the statements made by Chandrasekhara Rao, Kodandaram and other Telangana leaders during Samara Deeksha. Apart from lodging a complaint against them with the Three Town police station in the city, activists staged protests across the city in the past couple of days demanding the arrest of the duo.