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Akbaruddin Owaisi charged with sedition case, old Hyderabad observes bandh

Hyderabad, Jan 10 (): MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who was sent to fourteen days’ judicial custody in connection with hate speech case, was slapped with additional charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for delivering controversial speech in Nirmal on December 24.

MIM supporters also attacked media persons when Owaisi was arrested from Hyderabad and was being taken for questioning before he was produced in the court. Nirmal and Nizamabad observed a bandh called by the MIM supporters on Wednesday after their leader was arrested in the case. Fearing violence, shops, business establishments and many schools also remained closed on Wednesday in Nirmal.

The MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi who was slapped sedition and conspiracy charges intended to spread communal hatred in multiple places in public, said the police who claimed that this is the first time a MLA has been charged with a sedition case.

The police interrogated the MIM MLA for hours on Tuesday and recorded his statement before sending him to Adilabad district jail. As Owaisi is facing threat for his hatred speech against a particular community, he has been provided with additional security, said a senior police official.

One more MIM leader, Azeem Bin Yahiya who too organized a meeting and delivered hatred speech after Owaisi’s arrest was taken into custody by the Nirmal police on Wednesday. Passing restriction on the speech made by the MIM MLA, Justice Narasimha Reddy condemned the speech and said that it does not seem to be in the interest of the country.

The MIM MLA was continuously making this speech at a number of places in public meeting, violating the rules, said Adilabad police superintendent Sarvasreshta Tripathi.

Sources said, seeking direction to the police not to issue multiple FIRs for the controversial speech, a writ petition was filed by Akbaruddin Owaisi on Wednesday in the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Analysts say it is not new for Akbaruddin Owaisi’s family members to deliver such inflammatory speeches as his grandfather Maulana Abdul Wahed Owaisi had been arrested on March 14, 1958, in a similar case.