Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Andhra Pradesh
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Entertainment |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Andhra Pradesh - Vijayawada Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Advocate ends self-imposed `exile'

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, FEB. 3. Ending his self-imposed `exile', the advocate, P. Gowtham Reddy, made his appearance at the city civil court on Tuesday.

Mr. Reddy, along with his junior lawyer, P. Mallaiah, went underground a fortnight ago fearing arrest by the city police who invoked the Andhra Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (APCOCA) on the duo. The High Court on Friday last stayed the orders of arrest of the two advocates till February 9. Armed with the stay orders, Mr. Reddy came to the court where he was greeted and hugged by fellow advocates and members of the Bezawada Bar Association.

Speaking to reporters, Mr. Reddy, charged the police with resorting to a "witch-hunt'' and "terrorising'' him.

He stoutly denied that he was engaged in any mafia activities or coerced Tummala Babu Rao to falsely depose before the court which issued a non-bailable warrant against the then City Police Commissioner, N.V. Surendra Babu, in the Budda Santhan murder case. "The police is after me for no fault of mine. I took up the case on behalf of Budda Santhan's family only on the recommendation made by the BBA which passed a resolution on the issue as it involved serious violation of human rights,'' he stated.

Mr. Reddy claimed that he had been taking cudgels on behalf of the oppressed ever since his student days, as a co-opted member on behalf of the CPI in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and also as an advocate. He said that the police were out to implicate him in false case of mafia activities, as he had been fighting the "fake encounter killings and police highhandedness.''

The president of the BBA, Seetha Rama, said that it was "unbecoming'' of the City Police Commissioner, A.B. Venkateswara Rao, to deny that any stay was granted on the arrests. As a senior IPS officer, it was the duty of the Commissioner to cross check the facts before making any statement in the media, he pointed out.

Asked whether the BBA would move any contempt petition against the Commissioner, Mr. Ramaa said that the Association would decide the issue. S. Rama Devi, the complainant in the custodial death case, charged the police with "harassing the advocates by falsely implicating them in mafia cases.'' She also alleged that two other "witnesses'' in Santhan's custodial death case, Charlie and Murali, were "under the influence'' of the police.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Andhra Pradesh

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Entertainment |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu