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Maharashtra Court Issues Non-Bailable Arrest Warrant Against Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu

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| September 14 , 2018 , 18:05 IST

A trial court in Maharashtra issued an non-bailable arrest warrant against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and 15 others in a 2010 case of agitation against the Babli project across the Godavari river.

Judicial Magistrate First Class of Dharmabad in Nanded district NR Gajbhiye issued the order, directing the police to arrest all the accused and produce them in the court by September 21.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister and others have been charged under the Indian Penal Code with offences like assault or criminal force, to deter public servant from discharge of duty, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, act endangering life or personal safety of others, criminal intimidation, among others.

The court orders came after a petitioner moved the Dharmabad court seeking to know why the earlier arrest warrants were not executed.

Reacting to the news about the court order, Naidu’s son and state information technology minister N Lokesh said, “He fought to protect the interests of Telangana. He even refused to seek bail when he was arrested.”

TDP MP Kesineni Nani told reporters in Vijayawada that the central government is resorting to a witch-hunt against the TDP chief for fighting against the injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh.

Nani alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy have hatched the conspiracy. The MP, however, said nobody can do anything to Naidu as he enjoyed the people's support.