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YSR Congress MP, who criticised CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, arrested for sedition


Andhra Pradesh’s Crime Investigation Department on Friday arrested Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party MP Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju on charges of sedition from his residence in Hyderabad, reported The Times of India.

CID officials said that Raju had been engaged in delivering “hate speeches against certain communities and promoting disaffection against the government”.

The MP from Narsapuram was booked under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505 (incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence) read with 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, reported The Indian Express.

#YSRC rebel MP @RaghuRaju_MP arrested by #AndhraPradesh CID police under Sec 124 (A) of IPC for allegedly denigrating State govt @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/zDAG5lcqxH

— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) May 14, 2021

Raju has been critical of Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for the past few months. He hit out at the chief minister on the alleged mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis, opposed the introduction of the English language in schools and alleged attacks on Hindu temples in the state.

The arrest came days after Raju asked a special Central Bureau of Investigation court to cancel the bail granted to Reddy in a 2012 disproportionate assets case.

The case against Reddy was about allegations of criminal conspiracy following which the Enforcement Directorate had attached the chief minister’s property worth nearly Rs…

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