ANDHRA PRADESH

Deputy Mayor granted bail

The Deputy Mayor of Visakhapatnam, M. Appala Raju,coming out of the II Metropolitan Magistrate Court after securing bail in the Maddilapalem demolition and eviction case, on Thursday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

The Deputy Mayor of Visakhapatnam, M. Appala Raju,coming out of the II Metropolitan Magistrate Court after securing bail in the Maddilapalem demolition and eviction case, on Thursday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 17. The Second Metropolitan Magistrate, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, on Thursday granted bail to the Deputy Mayor, Malla Appala Raju, and five others, who were detained in connection with the Maddilapalem demolition and eviction case.

The Deputy Mayor was listed as the first accused in the case booked by the Three Town Police under Sections 147, 148, 452, 323, 427 and 120B IPC, read with Sec.149 of the Cr.P.C., on charges of unlawful assembly, rioting with weapons, trespassing, criminal conspiracy and demolition of property.

A news channel reporter-cum-cameraman was also allegedly attacked by the followers of Mr. Appala Raju when he was videographing the incident.

10 persons produced

Ten persons and some unidentified persons were listed as accused in the FIR registered by the police. Six of them, Mr. Appala Raju, Yerramilli Gurunatha Sastry, K. Sivakumar, K. Vasu, S. Venkata Ramana Murthy and K. Praveen, who were arrested on Wednesday, were produced in the court on Thursday.

The Magistrate remanded them to judicial custody till March 30, after which the advocates for the accused moved the bail petitions. While M. Ravi moved the bail petition on behalf of Mr. Appala Raju, another senior advocate, J. Prudhviraj, submitted the bail petitions on behalf of the rest.

Initially, the Magistrate granted bail to all, except Mr. Appala Raju, who he said was the main accused and was booked under a non-bailable section. However, he granted bail after the counsel for Mr. Appala Raju made some more submissions.

Bail conditions

The bail was granted with the condition that the accused produce a self surety and two sureties of Rs.5,000 each and report to the police station on every Monday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a period of two months or till the chargesheet was filed.

The Three Town Police registered the FIR following a complaint by K. Majji Varalakshmi, one of the residents of the disputed site. It was alleged that the accused, Gurunatha Sastry, purchased a plot of 760 square yards in Maddilapalem area from Y. Atchiamma and her two sons between 2003 and 2005. He reportedly approached Mr. Appala Raju in order to evict two families who had encroached the land. Later, the accused allegedly entered the premises, destroyed the huts and threw away articles.

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