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HC quashes plea for CBI probe into Kodela death

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Court questions locus standi of the petitioner

A plea requesting for a court-monitored investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigatio (CBI) into the death of Andhra Pradesh Assembly former Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was dismissed by Telangana High Court on Tuesday.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A. Abhishek Reddy, questioning the locus standi of petitioner Borrugadda Anil Kumar in the case, declined to hear his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition. Hailing from Guntur district, the petitioner told the court that there were suspicions over the reasons behind Mr. Rao’s death, who was found hanging in his house in Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad on September 16.

The Bench sought to know from the petitioner how he was directly concerned with the death of Mr. Rao. In case of any such suspicions, it was for the former Speaker’s family members to raise questions and seek clarifications. There was no public interest involved in the petition, the Bench observed.

Referring to the plea to call for report from the police and hand over the case to the CBI, the Chief Justice noted that the State police could probe the case on a par with any other agency. He made it clear that the Supreme Court had earlier ruled that it was not correct to interfere in a case at the stage of investigation.

Plea against movie

Five ‘legal heirs’ of late Uyyalawada Narsimha Reddy, based on whose life story noted actor Chiranjeevi starring movie Syeraa Narasimha Reddy was made, moved the Telangana High Court seeking a direction to authorities not to issue censor certificate to the film. The petitioners requested the court to ensure the censor certificate was not issued without their consent, since they were the legal heirs to Mr. Reddy on whose life story the film was based.

They claimed that being family members of Reddy, they had rights over his life story and making a movie without their consent on him was violation of the Cinematography Act-1952. They stated in the petition that Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan, who was producing the movie, lured them to sign an agreement offering to pay some money but eventually backtracked.

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