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New Delhi, May 17 : The Supreme Court on Monday directed that the arrested YSR Congress party rebel MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, who has alleged assault by CID officials in custody, be taken to Army Hospital at Secunderabad for medical examination.
A division bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai passed the order in a special leave petition filed by Raju.
The rebel YSRCP MP from Narasapuram, known to be critical of his party president, and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, knocked on the doors of the apex court after the High Court did not consider any of the grounds for his bail.
He was arrested by AP Police on May 14 and was taken to the CID office at Guntur under sedition charges for alleged hate speeches.
Booked under Sections124-A, 153-A, and 505 read with 120- B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Raju was produced before the sixth additional magistrate court in Guntur on Saturday. The court remanded him to 14 days in judicial custody.
He claimed he was “beaten mercilessly” by the state CID, which arrested him, while in custody.
Senior counsel Adv Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Raju, argued that his client was targeted for being a critic of the Chief Minister.
His plea contended that CM is “misutilizing” the State police to frame his political opponents and keep them in jail “so that they will not accuse him of being the person who had spent time in jail as an undertrial.”
In the order, the top court also directed that the MP shall remain in hospital admission till further orders of the Court and the period of admission will be treated as judicial custody.
“The medical examination must be done in the presence of a judicial officer nominated by the Telangana High Court. The medical examination must be video graphed and be submitted before the High Court in a sealed cover,” it read.
The apex court will hear the matter further on Friday.