Hyderabad: Clamor is growing for the CBI probe into the brutal murder of a lawyer couple on Wednesday. An advocate has written to Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court seeking CBI inquiry into the alleged murder of a lawyer couple in Peddapalli district on Wednesday.

Gattau Vamana Rao and his wife P.V. Nagamani were hacked to death in a broad daylight at Ramagiri near Ramagundam in the Peddapalli district of Telangana. The duo practiced law at the Telangana High Court in Hyderabad. In his dying declaration, the lawyer accused Kunta Srinivas, a TRS functionary of the murder.

Advocate Khaja Aijazuddin has written to the chief justice stating that the couple was killed despite directions passed by the High Court extending police protection. He said it indicates that the concerned Police department intentionally and deliberately failed to oversee the security cover for the lawyer couple.

"The Lawyer couple brought to the notice of death in a lockup at Ramagundam Police Commissionerate Police Station in June'2019. They sought the intervention of the High Court. The High Court division bench passed orders directing the DGP to provide protection to the couple. It appears from the incident that some ruling party leaders are behind the murder. Telangana Police remained mute spectator or they know about this incident," the letter said.

Members of Telangana High Court Bar Association have decided to abstain from the work on February 18 in protest against the brutal and inhuman murder of members G. Vamana Rao and his wife P.V. Nagamani. The association alleged that the couple was murdered by a TRS functionary.

According to the family, the couple was traveling in a car when a group of unidentified men killed them. The scenes from the murder site have shocked the state after the video of the murder went viral.

It maybe recalled that in 2020 Telangana High Court instructed the Director General of Police to ensure proper security to the couple as they were facing threats.

The then Bench comprising then Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy directed the Telangana DGP not to call the couple to any police station. This was after practicing lawyer Nagamani wrote to the Chief Justice stating that a person Sheelam Rangaiah died in the custody of Manthani Police station under Ramagundam Police Commissionerate.

The letter was converted into a PIL petition and the High court issued notices to the government. The court also instructed Hyderabad- Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar to probe into the custodial death of the man. In June 2019, the officer submitted a report in the High Court.

Trouble started when Nagamani complained to the High court that she was being harassed at her native places of Manthani and in Hyderabad. She told the court that her husband Gattu Vaman Rao, who is also practicing law, was being falsely implicated in a case registered in different police stations under Ramagundam.

"My life is in danger. I am receiving threatening calls. My children are also facing life threats," she told the High Court. On February 17, the couple was murdered in the Ramagundam district of Telangana.

The representation made by Advocate Khaja Aijazuddin states that the deceased couple was hacked to death because they were adhering to rule of law by filing public interest litigations and securing justice for the oppressed.

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