Police said the former minister had no answers when asked if he had any evidence to substantiate his allegations against DGP Dinesh Reddy

Former minister P. Shankar Rao finds himself in fresh trouble with the Saifabad police mulling the invoking of charges of blackmail, criminal intimidation and coercion against the Congress MLA.

On Wednesday, Mr. Shankar Rao appeared before the Saifabad police in connection with a criminal case over the alleged derogatory remarks he had made against the DGP Dinesh Reddy a few weeks ago.

Accompanied by his daughter Susmitha and clad in a black dhoti and shirt — with a black mask covering half his face — Mr. Shankar Rao arrived at the police station at around 1 p.m.

He said his attire was symbolic of his protest against the “harassment” by the State government.

For next four hours, he was grilled about the charges he had made against the DGP.

“Rao had no answers when we asked if he had any evidence to substantiate the allegations he had levelled against the State police chief,” Saifabad Inspector V. Umender said.

Medical team on standby

The Saifabad police had arranged for an ambulance and a team of doctors at the station for the MLA, who had recently undergone surgery.

He had earlier cited his ill-health for not turning up at an earlier summons by police. The MLA was put through a medical examination before being interrogated.

Mr. Shankar Rao was accused of defaming the DGP by making remarks about the latter’s assets.

The MLA’s failure to substantiate the allegations suggested that he had the mala fide intention of blackmailing and intimidating the DGP, the investigators said.

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