They have been booked for obstructing the duties of public servant by Rayavaram police in Konaseema district after a stand-off with police while going on padayatra from Amaravati to Arasavelli.
Jammula Annapurna, A Siva Reddy, G Tirupati Rao and P Sudhakar Rao moved the high court seeking to quash the case registered against them. Arguing on behalf of the petitioners, V V Lakshminarayana said that the police registered the case under Section 353 of IPC even though the contents in the complaint do not attract the section.
Considering the arguments on both sides, Justice R Raghunandan Rao said the complaint stated that other than Annapurna, rest of the petitioners only approached the complainant in a threatening manner and that would not attract section 353 of IPC. He said the complainant is a sub-inspector and knows what to write in the plaint.
Staying all further proceedings in the case against Tirupati Rao, Siva Reddy and Sudhakar, Justice Raghunandan Rao said that the police can continue investigation against Annapurna. The high court directed the police to follow 41A CrPC guidelines as the alleged offence is punishable with less than seven years of imprisonment.