New Delhi, May 26 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today issued notice in a plea seeking CBI inquiry into the alleged injury caused in the police custody to Andhra Pradesh MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju.
The Bench, led by Justice Vineet Saran and Justice BR Gavai, heard the writ petition filed by the son of YSR Congress MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, seeking CBI inquiry into the alleged torture inflicted on his father in police custody.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that he wanted to implead the CBI as a respondent in the matter and also prayed that Respondent no 2 to 7 shall be deleted from the array of list of the respondents.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He said, “I have objection, this can’t be entertained like this in Supreme Court.”
To which Mr. Rohatgi said that, “My client has the right to add respondent at his own risk, and he wants CBI as respondent.”
The Bench ordered that let the respondents from 2-7 be deleted and the CBI be impleaded as the respondent.
The Court also made a remark, “How can the petition be successful without the respondent? We already said it will be at the risk of the petitioner. We are fixing it after six weeks. He is a very senior counsel and know what is the risk behind it.”
Thereafter, the Bench directed both the respondents to file counter affidavit in six weeks.
MP Raghu Rama Krishna Raju is an elected Member of Parliament (YSR Congress party) from Narasapuram Parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh. He was arrested on May 14 on charges of sedition and was taken to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office in Guntur district.
He moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court for bail on May 15, but the High Court refused to entertain his bail application. Aggrieved by the order of the High Court, Raju moved the Supreme Court for bail.
The Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai observed that custodial interrogation would not be required as all statements of petitioner are on record. The Bench also took note of the medical condition of the petitioner, having regard to the heart surgery underwent by him last year.
The apex court also opined that possibilities of the petitioner’s ill-treatment in custody of Andhra Pradesh Police cannot be ruled out. ILNS/ABV/RJ