Hyderabad: A high voltage drama unfolded near the residence of Chief Justice of the High Court of Telangana at Banjara hills on Sunday morning, when Associate professor Chintakindi Kasim of Osmania University was produced before him. Kasim was arrested by Siddipet police on charges of alleged connections with banned maoist parts and associates persons.
The move from the police was followed by the High Court’s rap to police on the alleged illegal arrest of Kasim. As police has informed the court that Kasim was arrested for maintaining links with maoists and resorting to extortion from businessmen for helping the maoists, the Chief Justice questioned the police if they had any proof. He also posed several questions to the Investigation officer and other police officials appearing before him in connection with the case. The Chief Justice further directed the police to file a detailed affidavit with the facts and full details of the case and arrest by January 24.
Further, the Chief justice also recorded the statement of Kasim. During which Kasim disowned his confession before the police, saying that police had themselves written his confession and took his signature, but there is no truth in the statement. Kasim’s counsel explained the Chief justice how men in plain clothes, broke into the house from the rear door and conducted searches without any information.
Police arrested Kasim under the 10.18 section on UAPA- Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, with IPC sections 120 B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) 121 (Conspiracy to overawe, by means of criminal force) 124 A (Sedation by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation)
Post the hearing, Kasim was shifted to Sangareddy prison for judicial remand.
Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed near the Chief Justice’s residence and all the roads leading there were barricaded, as there were reports that students from Osmania university and members of the people’s organisations would protest demanding Kasim’s release. While students were blocked from moving out of the university campus, around ten students were detained near Chief Justice’s residence for trying to approach the house. They were released later in the evening.