Cong MP Revanth Reddy gets bail in drone case

Cong MP Revanth Reddy gets bail in drone case

Agency News

Hyderabad, Mar 18 : In a relief to Malkajgiri MP and Telangana Congress Working President Anumula Revanth Reddy , who was arrested for illegally using a drone to take photographs of TRS Working President K T Rama Rao’s farm house , Telangana High Court on Wednesday granted bail to him in the case. The MP surrendered before police on March 5 and was subsequently arrested by the Narsingi police under the Cyberabad Commissionerate in connection with a case registered for various offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and under the Aircraft Act.

He was sent to 14-day judicial custody later and was lodged in Cherlapally Central Jail. Six other people, including a drone operator, who were arrested on March 4 in connection with the case were remanded to judicial custody and were granted bail on March 7. Mr Reddy had earlier displayed some pictures of the building, claiming that it was a farm house built in violation of rules by the Minister, a charge denied by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and latter claimed that the farm house is on lease.

The Congress MP alleged that Mr Rama Rao had purchased a 25 acre site by intimidating the owners and built structures flouting Government Order 111 which prohibits putting up permanent structures in the catchment area of the Osmansagar Lake. During the last hearing, Senior Supreme Court Lawyer Salman Khurshid , who appeared for the petitioner, urged the High Court to grant him bail in the case. The maximum punishment is one month and a fine of Rs 200 for registering a case under various sections of IPC and Aircraft Act against Mr Reddy. Mr Khurshid said that the petitioner was not served the mandatory notice under 41-A CrPC.

He also argued that Section 188 IPC was unnecessary as the petitioner was not involved in any disobedience to a public servant order. He further pleaded release of the petitioner on bail as the budget session of Parliament was in progress. Disputing the submissions, State public prosecutor C Pratap Reddy contended that the drone camera was flown without permission from competent authority. (UNI)