Supreme Court orders medical examination of insurgent YSRCP MP at Army Hospital in Secunderabad

Raghu Ramakrishna Raju

The Supreme Court on Monday directed that insurgent YSRCP MP Kanumuri Raghurama Krishnam Raju, who was arrested final week by Andhra Pradesh CID on sedition costs and allegedly assaulted in custody, be medically examined on the Army Hospital in Secunderabad, Telangana, and admitted there for medical care.

A trip bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai additionally directed that the medical examination be performed by a “medical board of three doctors of the hospital to be constituted by the head of the Army Hospital… in the presence of a judicial officer, who may be nominated by the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court”.

Proceedings of the medical examination, the bench stated, shall be videographed and submitted to the Registrar General of the Telangana High Court in a sealed cowl to be handed on to the Supreme Court.

Appearing for the state authorities, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave stated Raju be despatched to the Army Hospital just for medical examination and never for therapy or hospitalisation. But the courtroom rejected this and directed that the MP “shall be admitted in the Army Hospital and kept there for medical care until further orders, which shall be treated as judicial custody of the petitioner….”. It stated bills, if any, for hospitalisation shall be borne by Raju.

The courtroom requested the Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary “to carry out this order forthwith and ensure that… Raju is taken to and reaches the Army Hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana today itself”.

The MP from Narasapuram had approached the Supreme Court, difficult the May 15 Andhra Pradesh High Court order asking him to approach the classes courtroom for bail.

In his attraction in opposition to the order rejecting his bail plea, Raju, a critic of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, stated the state authorities had requested the DIG of Police, CID, Amaravathi, to conduct an inquiry into his “actions in addressing the print and electronic media accusing failure of the Chief Minister and his government in dealing with Covid-related issues”. He stated he was arrested on the idea of the DIG’s report, which stated he was “indulging in hate speeches against certain communities and promoting disaffection against the government…”.

The MP claimed the case in opposition to him was borne out of “political vendetta” as he had been important of the federal government.

Appearing for the MP, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the matter was of “extradordinary proportion”. Raju, he stated, is a sitting MP of the ruling get together within the state and “he has been critical of the party for some time now”. Last 12 months, he needed to move the Delhi High Court for extra safety on account of threats from get together members, he added. Rohatgi additionally stated the Magistrate earlier than whom Raju was introduced had recorded that there have been accidents on his ft.

Dave stated the state didn’t have any objection if Raju was examined once more by an impartial central authorities hospital within the presence of a judicial officer and steered AIIMS Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh or Manipal Hospital. Rohatgi, nonetheless, disagreed with each choices and requested that Raju be despatched to AIIMS, New Delhi for medical examination at his personal expense.

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated he had no objection to the AIIMS proposal. The courtroom, nonetheless, steered Army Hospital, to which all events agreed.

The courtroom additionally stated the Y Category safety personnel Raju is entitled to will escort him “only till the Army Hospital and need not be present at the time of medical examination”.

The courtroom stated it was not going into the deserves of the allegations made within the FIR and the submissions made in that regard at current as it’s involved with Raju’s medical situation about which there’s a reference within the Magistrate’s order. The Magistrate had famous that the MP had undergone bypass surgical procedure in December 2020.

The bench gave the state two days to file its reply and glued the matter for listening to subsequent on May 21.


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