NEW DELHI: The CBI has arrested five suspects in the last one month in connection with investigation in a case of posting derogatory messages against judges and the judiciary. The agency has also examined Lok Sabha MP Nandigam Suresh and former MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan, both belonging to YSR Congress, in the case.
While three of suspects were arrested in July, two were held on August 7, just a day after Chief Justice N V Ramana rued that judges were not on priority for investigating agencies and that their complaints of being harassed or intimidated were not heeded despite specialised bodies like CBI being roped in.
The two suspects arrested now have been identified as Pattapu Aadarsh and Lavanuru Samba Siva Reddy. Agency spokesperson R C Joshi said the duo was being produced before a court at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Prior to this, CBI arrested two accused on July. They were identified as Pamula Sudheer, in custody for interrogation till August 10, and Dhani Reddy Konda Reddy who is in judicial custody.
CBI had registered a case on November 11 last year against 16 people and taken over investigation of 12 FIRs from CID, Andhra Pradesh, in pursuance of the orders of the high court. The original FIRs were registered on complaints of Registrar General of High Court of Andhra Pradesh. It was alleged that the accused intentionally targeted the judiciary by making derogatory posts on social media platforms against judges and judiciary, following certain court verdicts.
CBI had made the first arrest in the case on July 9 when a suspect named Lingareddy Rajasekhar Reddy landed from Kuwait.
“CBI traced 13 of the 16 accused named in FIR in the case on various digital platforms. Three out of them were found to be abroad. CBI has so far examined 11 out of above 13 accused persons and arrested five out of them. CBI is pursuing to secure the presence of two other accused said to be abroad,” CBI spokesperson R C Joshi said.
Searches were also conducted by CBI at the premises of the accused which led to recovery of several incriminating documents. It was also found that one accused was allegedly using a passport with a name different from his real identity.
The CBI had many of the objectionable posts removed from public domain. “Investigation is continuing through the channels of MLAT, Interpol,” the spokesperson said.