HYDERABAD: A ruling party MLA from Mahabubabad in Telangana surrendered before the local police on Thursday after a case was registered against him for allegedly misbehaving with the district collector Preeti Meena during the launch of the Haritha Haaram, a mass plantation drive programme, in Mahabubabad on Wednesday.
Mahabubabad MLA B Shankar Naik, while participating in the plantation drive, allegedly touched the collector's arm. When the collector objected to it, the MLA reportedly made some comments which further irked the collector. Preeti Meena took up the matter with the senior IAS officers who made their resentment open in front of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
The CM asked Shankar Naik to personally meet the collector and apologise to her which the MLA obliged. However, this did not deter Preeti Meena from registering a police complaint against the MLA.
Mahabubabad police registered cases against the MLA under Section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
According to Mahabubabad superintendent of police (SP) Koti Reddy, the MLA was summoned to the police station and arrested. Later, he was released on station bail by the station house officer (SHO). He said Thorrur sub divisional police officer G Rajarathnam has been entrusted with the case and the charge sheet would be filed as per the merit and findings of the investigation.
According to sources, though the police received the online complaint filed by the collector against the MLA around 5.30 pm on Wednesday, they filed case against the latter around midnight. The local police filed case after getting clearance from their higher authorities in Hyderabad and chief minister's office.
Meanwhile, the collector left for Hyderabad to meet chief secretary SP Singh and IAS Officer's Association members to discuss the issue and future course of action. She is also likely to meet chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to brief him about the incident.