Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief charged


Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh police have booked Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president and former central government minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao for ‘concealing information related to national security’.

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The case was registered Thursday at a police station in Khammam town on the direction of a local court.

KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, had alleged at a news conference in Hyderabad on Feb 14 that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had hatched a conspiracy with Energy Minister Mohammed Shabbir Ali and Greater Hyderabad Congress president D. Nagender to create communal riots in the state capital.

He claimed he had all the evidence and would expose the conspiracy at an appropriate time.

Following the declaration, two advocates approached a court in Khammam seeking a direction to the police to register a case against KCR for not revealing the information relating to national security. They argued that as a member of parliament it was his duty to reveal the information to police or the judiciary.

U. Rama Rao and K. Ramesh had first approached the district magistrate, who rejected their plea. The advocates then approached the high court, which directed the district court to take a decision on the issue.

The court directed the police to file a case and investigate the charges against KCR, who resigned as MP in March. All TRS MPs and state legislators quit over the issue of separate statehood to Telangana region.

The case against KCR has been filed at a time when the party is gearing up for the by-elections to four Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats, due May 29.