Telangana MLA B Shankar Naik held for misbehaving with woman collector, granted bail

Expressing anger over the MLA's behaviour at the party's official event, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday instructed Shankar Naik to personally meet the collector and tender an unconditional apology to her.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2017 6:32 pm
Telangana MLA arrested, B Shankar Naik, Telangana MLA misbehaviour, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Shankar allegedly behaved rudely with the collector at a public meeting organised during a programme to launch ‘Harita Haaram’ (a massive plantation drive) in Mahabubabad on Wednesday. (Source: Google map)

Telangana MLA B Shankar Naik was on Thursday arrested for misbehaving with a woman District Collector in Mahbubabad district of the state, according to news agency ANI. However, he was later granted bail on a personal bond after appearing in Mahabubabad police station Thursday morning.

Shankar allegedly behaved rudely with the collector at a public meeting organised during a programme to launch ‘Harita Haaram’ (a massive plantation drive) in Mahabubabad on Wednesday.

Police filed cases under section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his or her duty) and section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word,
gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code against Naik after the collector who has been identified as Preeti Meena filed a complaint regarding the issue.

PTI quoted a senior official as saying: “After registration of the case, we called the MLA and he appeared before police. He was placed under arrest and granted bail on a personal bond, and he was subsequently released. The collector in her complaint stated that she felt hurt over the MLA’s indecent behaviour after he allegedly touched her hand.”

He further said, “Further investigation is on…we are collecting CCTV footage and other clippings and will proceed accordingly.”

Expressing anger over the MLA’s behaviour at the party’s official event, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday instructed the legislator to personally meet the collector and tender an unconditional apology to her. He also warned Naik that he would be suspended from the party, if he does not change his behaviour.

Local TV channels aired a footage which purportedly showed Naik allegedly touching the collector’s arm. The MLA denied any wrongdoing on his part and said he respected the collector and apologised to her.

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    Sudish Puthalat
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    All necessary qualifications for a neta. Add some theft, assault and other criminal acts and voila! You have a readymade neta
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    Sheik Mohamed
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    Will this move deter politicians from misbehaving with senior/junior Government functionaries at their own sweet will?
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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Why he should be given Bail to come out after the arrest and why not MLA is not sacked for his misbehaviour and is it enough just o tender an apology to the Women Collector and he deserves to be punished for his heinous act which should send a strong message and the only way is to remove him as MLA and disqualify through Election Commission and as well ban him for his lifetime !!!
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    Dasari
    Jul 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    When the charges against MLA are serious enough to send him to judicial remand, why grant him a bail on personal bond?!! Is the law applicable to MLAs or MPs different from common man? Take him to Court and let Judge remand for 14 days in jail and then let him apply for bail. Misbehavior of public elected representatives with officials should not be tolerated for any reason. KCR was right in instructing swift action against MLA. In Telangana such incidents have happened even before in Karimnagar and there seems to be somewhat overzealous at ude by politicians to high public servants.
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    TIHAEwale
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    case investigation should be completed so that others don't think of repeating shankargiri
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