Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday convicted 11 persons for the murder of Y S Raja Reddy, father of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
Raja Reddy was murdered by his rivals in 1999 in faction-ridden Kadapa district.
A division bench of the High Court, comprising Justice A Gopal Reddy and Dr Yethirajulu, awarded the punishment based on appeals filed by the state government against an earlier order of the district court, which had acquitted the accused.
Those convicted in the murder case are P Somasekhara Reddy, P Sesha Reddy, Annareddy Sambasiva Reddy, Srinivasulu Reddy, Ramanjayana Reddy, Ramakrishna Reddy, Viswanath Reddy, O Obaiah, P Venkatarami Reddy, Dasri Gari Laxmi Reddy and Sudhakar Reddy.
Earlier, the First Additional Session Court at Kadapa had acquitted these persons on the ground that the prosecution had failed to prove their involvement in the murder.