Lawyer held in a row with SI, granted bail

The Proddatur police registered a case under Sections 353 and 355 IPC and arrested a senior advocate Gopavaram Vijayabhaskara Reddy on charges of assaulting Proddatur III Town sub-inspector Nagaraju.

The advocate was produced in court on Friday and the Proddatur Judicial Magistrate of First Class Srilatha granted him condition bail on the condition that he should sign the register in Proddatur III Town police station on every Thursday until further orders, Proddatur DSP Srinivasulu Reddy said.

Resenting the case and arrest, Kadapa and Proddatur Bar Association members boycotted courts on Friday.

The SI Nagaraju and a constable Chandra Naik stopped Mr. Vijayabhaskar Reddy, who was going on a two-wheeler along with two other advocates at Sastrinagar in Proddatur on Thursday evening and imposed a fine of Rs. 250 for triple-riding. An altercation ensued, and the SI and advocate jostled with each other when the advocate allegedly refused to mention his address . Later, the advocate lodged a complaint with Proddatur Town Circle Inspector Bali Reddy that the SI threatened to shoot him down with his revolver and abused him. He also alleged that the constable and a driver manhandled him and he was put in the police station lock-up. The SI also lodged a complaint that the advocate pulled him by his shirt, hit him with his slipper and insulted him in public when he was discharging his duties, the DSP, who investigated the case, said. Meanwhile, another advocate P. Balaji lodged a complaint that the Sub-Inspector pointed his revolver at him and asked him to get out when he went to the police station to meet Mr. Vijayabhaskar Reddy.

A case was registered on the SI’s complaint but two complaints lodged by advocates were not registered, the DSP said.

Advocate who was triple riding and challaned by the Proddatur police alleges he was abused and beaten up by the SI and constable

SI lodges a complaint that the advocate caught hold of him by his shirt and hit him with a slipper while he was discharging his duties