Andhra HC verdict on Pinnelli’s plea reserved

Appearing for the police department, public prosecutor Y Nagi Reddy said Pinnelli is accused in nine cases.
An urgent lunch motion petition was filed in the HC on Sunday, challenging the three cases registered against the Macherla legislator.
An urgent lunch motion petition was filed in the HC on Sunday, challenging the three cases registered against the Macherla legislator.

VIJAYAWADA; The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by Macherla MLA Pinnelli Ramakrishna, challenging the three additional cases filed against him by Palnadu police. Hearing in the case was adjourned to Tuesday.

Police registered a case against Pinnelli and 15 others under IPC Section 307 for allegedly attacking TDP agent Namburi Seshagiri Rao at Palvai Gate polling booth in Renitchintala mandal on May 13 for trying to stop the MLA from vandalising the electronic voting machine (EVM). Another case was registered against the YSRC leader for insulting a woman voter, Nagasiromani, who questioned his aggression. A third case, also under IPC Section 307, was booked against Pinnelli, his brother and their followers for attacking a police officer on duty in the post-poll violence that erupted at Karampudi.

An urgent lunch motion petition was filed in the HC on Sunday, challenging the three cases registered against the Macherla legislator. Justice Pratapa Venkata Jyothirmayee heard the petition at her residence. Petitioner’s counsel T Niranjan Reddy found fault with the DGP and Palnadu police for misleading the court. He accused the Election Commission of adopting a vengeful attitude to arrest Pinnelli. He further alleged that the DGP was very interested in the arrest of Pinnelli for reasons unknown.

Pointing out that cases against the Macherla MLA were booked 10 days after the polling, he questioned the delay in registering the cases and sought to know why separate FIRs were filed for the same case.

Further, Niranjan Reddy pointed out that despite the presence of a public prosecutor, a private advocate was appointed by the police department to appear for the case. Stating that anticipatory bail was granted to Pinnelli in the EVM damage case till June 6, he requested the court to protect the MLA from arrest in the other three cases as well till June 6 so that he can appoint agents on counting day. Further, he assured that the legislator will abide by any conditions set by the court.

Appearing for the police department, public prosecutor Y Nagi Reddy said Pinnelli is accused in nine cases.

Besides damaging the EVM, the Macherla legislator also threatened people and attacked police officers on the day after polling, he added.

The public prosecutor further said the MLA avoided police vigilance, thus violating court conditions for his anticipatory bail. To a question from the judge, he explained that a memo about the case against Pinnelli for attacking Circle Inspector Narayanaswamy was submitted to the court on May 23. He argued that if Pinnelli is not arrested, there are chances that the violence that erupted on polling day, will repeat on counting day.

Advocate Posani Venkateswaralu, who argued the implead petition filed by Namburi Seshagiri and Ch Nagasiromani, who complained against Pinnelli, urged the court not to grant anticipatory bail to the YSRC leader as he is facing several cases. He urged the court to consider the history of the Macherla MLA and his role in the election-related violence.

Posani argued that the present three cases are different from the EVM damage case and expressed concern that once Pinnelli secures anticipatory bail, he might threaten or influence the witnesses in the cases booked against him.

After hearing arguments of both sides, the court reserved the verdict and adjourned the case to Tuesday.

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