The son of an Andhra Pradesh minister and his driver were on Sunday sent to judicial custody for 14 days in connection with a molestation case.
Ravela Susheel, son of Andhra Pradesh’s minister for social and tribal welfare Ravela Kishore Babu, and his driver M Ramesh were produced before a magistrate at his residence on Sunday evening.
The magistrate ordered police to shift the accused to Chanchalguda Central Jail. Susheel also moved a bail petition, which will come up for hearing on March 8.
Both Susheel and Ramesh, booked under the Nirbhaya Act, were arrested after they turned themselves into Banjara Hills police station early on Sunday morning.
Police said they were questioned about the complaint lodged by a woman, who alleged that they had molested her on Thursday evening.
Deputy commissioner of Police Venkateswar Rao said the police were examining the CCTV footage of the car in which Susheel was travelling.
With the police coming under flak for allegedly trying to hush up the case, the police officer said there was no question of shielding anybody.
The police on Saturday had issued notice to Susheel, asking him to before it within 48 hours.
Police said they were booked under the Nirbhaya Act for stalking a woman and trying to pull her inside their car. The woman, a teacher, said in her in complaint that she was walking on the road when a car stopped near her and the occupants asked her to come inside and even tried to drag her in by holding her hand.
When the woman raised an alarm, locals beat up the duo and handed them over to police. The complainant’s family said they were not aware of the identity of the accused. The police booked only the driver for misbehaving but no arrests were made.
The case took a dramatic turn on Friday when some Telugu television channels reported the incident and revealed the identity of the accused.
With the women’s groups threatening to take to streets, the local police also charged Susheel and later altered the section to 354 A (stalking) of Nirbhaya Act.
Susheel clarified through a social media post on Sunday that he spotted a puppy on the road and got down from car to pick it up but the woman with no reasons started shouting and abusing.
“The crowd joined hands with the unknown people whose only intention was political vengeance,” he said.
Meanwhile, minister Ravela Kishore Babu said on Sunday that his son is innocent. Claiming that Susheel has done nothing wrong, he said that the CCTV footage being shown on television channels has been morphed.
The minister alleged that it is a conspiracy by YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy.