High Court Refuses Bail To Former MLA

The Hyderabad High Court had refused to grant bail to former MLA Chengala Venkata Rao who was sentenced to life by Anakapalli court in a murder case.

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court refused to suspend the conviction of former TDP MLA Chengala Venkata Rao, who was awarded a life sentence in a murder case, saying that it would not give any preferential treatment to a politician.

The court also rejected Rao’s bail petition.

The Anakapalli sessions court sentenced former MLA Chegala Venkata Rao to life imprisonment in a murder case that took place a decade ago.

Arguing for the suspension of Rao’s conviction, his counsel reportedly said that he was in no way related to the death of the person and added that being a political leader he had to attend people’s problems.

However, the bench refused to accept the arguments and said, “this is the norm being followed and cannot be violated just because he is a politician.”  It also said that there was no rare or exceptional circumstance in the case to grant bail to the politician.

The incident occurred in 2007 when Rao was an MLA. He went to visit a group of people who were protesting alleged sand mining in their area at Bangarampalem village in Nakkapalli mandal.

A heated argument followed and two factions opposing and supporting clashed, leading to the death of one person and leaving several injured.

A local named Gosala Konda died in the violence. On a complaint by victims, the police booked a case against 25 people, including Rao, for inciting violence. The court recently handed out life sentences to 16 accused.

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