The High Court dismisses Raghu Ramakrishna Raju’s bail

A single judge bench of the Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court, led by Judge K. Suresh Reddy, dismissed the bail of Narsapuram MP K. Raghu Ramakrishna Raju on Saturday.

While Judge Suresh Reddy expressed his reluctance to file the bail petition, he directed the state to try Mr. Raju before a judge in accordance with the law and in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

Mr Raju had filed a motion with the court within hours of his arrest by a CID team in Hyderabad on Friday, May 14, allegedly to promote government discontent and hate speech against certain communities.

A case against Mr Raju had been booked under IPC Sections 124-A, 153-A and 505 with 120-B.

During the hearing, additional Advocate General P. Sudhakar Reddy argued that a bank division of the court ruled that “no bail can be requested if the accused is not remanded”.

Senior attorney B. Adinarayana Rao, who appeared for Mr. Raju, tried to convince the judge, citing Article 21 of the Constitution (protection of life and personal freedom), that the petition should be heard urgently.

However, Mr Justice Suresh Reddy denied the request for bail, saying the petitioner was free to appeal to the trial court.

In his petition, Mr. Raju mentioned that he had undergone heart surgery four months ago and that the central government had kept him safe because of the threat to his life. He said the High Court had issued injunctions in various cases he had previously challenged.

Mr Raju also said the Supreme Court had given a clear instruction that no one should be arrested in cases where the sentence was less than seven years during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Allahabad High Court had ruled that even those charged with serious crimes should not be arrested during the pandemic, the MP stressed.

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