KRISHNA: The Nandigama police of Krishna district have registered a case against Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu for allegedly flouting the lockdown norms which are in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Acting upon a complaint by a lawyer named Barry Srinivas, Chandrababu Naidu was booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The complainant alleged that the TDP chief had flouted lockdown rules during his visit from Hyderabad to his residence in Undavalli.
Chandrababu Naidu arrived in Andhra Pradesh last Monday after spending almost two months at his Hyderabad residence amid lockdown. The veteran leader drew criticism from several quarters for turning his travel into a party event at several places where he had his partymen welcome him without following any COVID-19 preventive measures. At all the places Naidu stopped, the TDP men were clearly seen crowding around the vehicle without wearing masks and grossly ignoring physical distancing.
The TDP chief had sought permission from Andhra Pradesh police and reached Undavalli along with his son Nara Lokesh at 1 pm on Monday by road. The TDP chief stopped at a few points on National Way No.9 and brazenly broke the lockdown rules to interact with the TDP cadre.
There was already a petition filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court asking for a case to be registered against the TDP chief for this ‘gross violation of lockdown rules’.