MIM leader sent to police custody

January 12, 2013 - 1:01:35 am

Supporters of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen clash with police outside the historic Makkah Masjid following Friday prayers in Hyderabad, yesterday.

Hyderabad: A court in Nirmal town of Andhra Pradesh yesterday sent Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM )leader Akbaruddin Owaisi to five-day police custody in a hate speech case.

The magistrate’s court in Nirmal town of Adilabad district, about 200km from here, pronounced the orders, remanding the legislator to police custody.

The MIM leader was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody for 14 days and is currently lodged in district jail in Adilabad, some 90km from Nirmal. Though police sought Akbar’s custody for seven days for further questioning with regard to his December 22 speech in Nirmal town, the court granted five-day custody.

Police would question Akbar Owaisi for five days from Saturday, every day between 10am and 5pm. It was immediately not clear if police would question him in Adilabad or bring him to Nirmal town

The member of Andhra Pradesh state assembly has been charged with sedition, waging war against the nation, criminal conspiracy and other offences.

While seeking the legislator’s custody, police said he did not cooperate during the questioning after his arrest and they need to further question him. Akbar’s lawyer opposed the police petition on the ground that he is not well. The magistrate directed police to provide necessary medical help and not to subject him to physical or mental torture.

The court adjourned to January 16 hearing on Akbar’s petition.