CBI probe sought into lawyers’ murder

A delegation of Congress led by TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy after meeting Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Friday.   | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL

Telangana Congress stepped up its offensive against the TRS government meeting the Governor, Tamilisai Soundararajan and demanding that a court-monitored CBI inquiry be launched into the daylight murder of lawyer-couple, Vaman Rao and Nagamani, since the police and TRS leaders were facing accusations.

A delegation of Congress led by TPCC president. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy and consisting of Manthani MLA, D. Sreedhar Babu, Sangareddy MLA, T. Jayaprakash Reddy and MLC, T. Jeevan Reddy met the Governor at Raj Bhavan on Friday morning and submitted a memorandum.

Later, Mr. Uttam Kumar Reddy told reporters that the brutal murder of High Court advocates Gattu Vaman Rao and PV Nagamani in Manthani reflected the murderous politics in Telangana due to the rising sand mafia. He said Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao did not even condemn the murder and claimed this sent a signal to the TRS leaders that they will be protected.

The deceased Vaman Rao and his wife Nagamani had filed several cases against the local TRS leaders involved in illegal sand mining and land grabbing. They also filed a case against the Manthani police officials for the custodial death of a Dalit, Seelam Rangaiah, he reminded.

The Bar Council of Telangana and also the Bar Council of India had written to the Telangana High Court Chief Justice terming it an attack on the judiciary, he said.

‘Reveal phone data’

The TPCC chief claimed that people did not have confidence in the police as the Ramagundam Police Commissioner, Satyanarayana was dancing to the tunes of Peddapalli district ZP chairperson and former TRS MLA, Putta Madhu. He is close to the Chief Minister and justice will be denied if the Telangana police investigate the case given the allegations against them.

Manthani MLA and former Minister, D. Sreedhar Babu said police were trying to give a personal rivalry colour to the murders citing some land dispute in a village and construction of a temple to dilute the role of TRS leaders. He wanted to know why the police were not gathering the call data record of the leaders on that particular day when IT Minister, K.T. Rama Rao boasts of using technology day in and day out. It was a shame that the lawyers were killed on the Chief Minister's birthday.

Congress MLC, T. Jeevan Reddy reminded that when TDP leader Paritala Ravi was killed during the Congress rule a CBI inquiry was sought by the government. He asked the CM to seek CBI enquiry to prove the government's innocence.

Later, the delegation also met DGP M. Mahender Reddy and submitted a memorandum. The Congress leaders said the DGP assured them of fair investigation.

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