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Under media glare: R.K. Roja on the Court premises in Tirupati on Thursday for a hearing in connection with the demolition of a liquor belt shop. - Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar
Under media glare: R.K. Roja on the Court premises in Tirupati on Thursday for a hearing in connection with the demolition of a liquor belt shop. - Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Actor-turned-politician R.K. Roja, who recently jumped on to the Jagan bandwagon, appeared for court hearing in a case of ransacking a belt shop in the 2008.

The incident, which took place in Jeevakona area on the city outskirts, attracted a lot of media glare when the movement against illegal liquor selling outlets (‘belt shops' in common man's parlance) was on a high.

A case 557/2008 was registered in Alipiri police station by the Station House Officer Vijay Kumar, when Anju Yadav, the then Sub-Inspector of the Mahila Police Station, raised the issue as a ‘de facto complainant'. Roja, along with twelve others, was named as an accused in the case. The case came up for hearing at the Third Additional District Magistrate's Court here today, when the accused were summoned for questioning. Roja's advocate Yugandhar Reddy categorically argued that it was a case of wrong evidence and that no witnesses had supported the prosecution's case.

The case has been posted to January 17 for judgment.

Roja made use of her presence in the court compound by taking part in the relay hunger strike camp by advocates, who have been demanding a High Court Bench for Rayalaseema region for the last 99 days. She expressed solidarity to the cause and wanted Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to understand the importance of a bench in the backward region, which she said would drastically bring down the litigation cost and benefit the poor.


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