Mumbai, A local magistrate in Nanded distrct of Maharashtra has ordered the arrest of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, a move that has triggered protests by his supporters.
Sources said NR Gajbhiye, the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) from Dharmabad town, issued non-bailable warrants against Naidu and his associates, including several cabinet colleagues. As per the warrant, they are to be produced before the court by September 21.
The arrest warrant pertains to a case filed against them in 2010 when Naidu and his associates were holding protests against the Babli project on the Godavari river.
The leaders from the then undivided state of Andhra Pradesh had alleged that the construction of the barrage on the river upstream at Babli in Maharashtra would result in reduction in water supply to areas downstream in the neighbouring state. Naidu and others were arrested and taken to the Pune jail from where they were released after some time.
The court order copies being shared on social media show it was dated July 5 and was to be executed by August 16. Hand-written corrections to the order indicate the arrest warrants against Naidu and his associates would have to be executed by September 21.
Apart from the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, state Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Social Welfare Minister N Anand Babu and former MLA G Kamalakar, who is now with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi have been named in the warrant.
Sources from Nanded said a local resident had filed a petition seeking the arrest of Naidu and other Telugu Desam leaders. The Babli barrage was constructed after the Supreme Court ordered the Maharashtra government to ensure that water supply was not disrupted to villages downstream that lay in Andhra Pradesh. The magistrate’s order has sparked off protests in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
‘Did no wrong, just fought for people’
I did nothing wrong… What I did eight years ago was only to protect the north Telangana region and ensure no damage happened to Telugu people due to the construction of the Babli project… We will think what to do about the police case (and the arrest warrant). — N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM
TDP calls It BJP’s revenge politics
- The Telugu Desam Party on Friday alleged that the non-bailable warrant against Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu by a Maharashtra court is ‘politically motivated’ and a ‘conspiracy by the BJP to intimidate the TDP’
- Andhra Information Technology Minister and Naidu’s son N Lokesh said his father and the other TDP leaders would appear in the court and would not be cowed down by any ‘antics’
- Senior TDP leader and state president L Ramana described the court order as ‘revenge politics by the BJP, PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah’ TNS/ PTI
Source: The Trbune