Staff Reporter

They urge the court to keep them in district jail

ANANTAPUR: The District and Sessions Court on Thursday turned down the appeal of 12 of the 13 accused in the Paritala Ravindra murder case to keep them in the district jail near here.

They were produced in court here as part of the procedure before commencement of trial. The case was adjourned to June 26.

District and Sessions Judge S. Chinnaiah directed the police to take back the 12 accused persons, including the alleged main shooter Julakanti Srinivasa Reddy alias Moddu Sreenu, to Cherlapalli and Chanchalguda jails in Hyderabad.

The main accused and alleged conspirator in the case G. Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri is lodged in the district jail near here.

Security reasons

The 12 accused persons lodged in Hyderabad jails since March 22 this year for security reasons were brought here amid tight security.

Apart from Moddu Sreenu, those who were brought from Hyderabad were identified as P. Narayana Reddy, V. Rekhamaiah, B. Ranganayakulu, A. Kondaiah alias Konda, V. Srinivasulu alias Seena, M. Obi Reddy, K. Ramamohan Reddy, G. Venkatarami Reddy, T. Peddi Reddy, V. Hanumantha Reddy and T. Konda Reddy.

Konda and Ranganayakulu had an argument with the police when they were being taken into the court with handcuffs put on them.

Argument over handcuffs

Sub-Inspector of II Town police station Prasad Reddy intervened to pacify the accused and they were produced in the court hall by removing the handcuffs.

Immediately on production before the judge, the accused persons sought time to appoint lawyers to defend them and also urged the court to lodge them in the district jail here. Ramamohan Reddy, however, urged the judge to send him to Hyderabad as he was a diabetic patient and was undergoing treatment there.

Turning down their appeal, the judge observed that they should have engaged lawyers by now as trial was about to commence.

He allowed the accused persons to meet their family members and lawyers on the court premises for 10 minutes.

Counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Suryanarayana opposed their plea as it would create a law and order problem.

During the period, Gangula Suri was overheard telling his counsel C. Adisesha Reddy to try to keep all the accused here itself.

Sources stated that counsel for Suri and Moddu Sreenu Mr. Adisesha Reddy also suggested his clients to appoint a new lawyer for defending them in trial.