Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) of arrest against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and fifteen others in a case relating to 2010 issued by a First Class Judicial Magistrate of Dharmabad of Nanded district in Maharashtra state.
The NBWs, it is learnt, were issued against Mr. Naidu and others for allegedly defying prohibitory orders and leading a protest against construction of Babli project by Maharashtra in July 2010. Mr. Naidu was the Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly then and headed the protest by Telugu Desam MLAs, the contention being that the construction of project across river Godavari by Maharashtra would deprive water to the then Telangana region turning it into a desert.
Among those served with notices include two ministers now in Mr. Naidu’s Cabinet — D. Uma Maheswara Rao and N. Ananda Babu — besides other leaders of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. The warrants of arrest were issued under Section 70 of Cr.P.C. The court has directed the Police inspector of Dharmabad police station to produce all the accused on or before September 21.
Mr. Naidu was apprised about the developments while he was in Tirumala on Thursday night to present a pair of silk vastrams on behalf of the State government to the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in connection with the annual Brahmotsavams. The brahmotsavams took off on a colourful note in evening. The arrest warrant is likely to kick up political storm in the State in the backdrop of Telugu Desam severing its ties with the BJP..