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Held on Sedition Charges, elected MP of YSR Congress Party moves Supreme Court seeking bail

Kanumuri Raghuram Krishnam Raju, an accredited Member of Parliament (YSR Congress Party) from the Narasapuram Parliamentary Constituency in Andhra Pradesh, has moved the Supreme Court after a single-judge bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court led by Justice K. Suresh Reddy disqualified his bail application. 

Raju had previously filed a bail application with the High Court to widen in a case involving crimes punishable under Section 124-A, 153(A), 505 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code

It was observed by the High Court that, Raju, a staunch critic of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Jagamohan Reddy, has been rendering hate speeches against certain groups and spreading disaffection against the Government that would result in a lack of confidence in the government and furthermore lead to instability.  

In consideration of this, the High Court determined that the appeal for bail must be withdrawn since the Court was not likely to entertain it. Raju, on the other hand, was granted the freedom to address the relevant trial judge and demand the requisite reliefs.

Mr. Raju filed a plea with the Supreme Court of India in order to seek relief. He stated in his plea that he had a major surgery four months ago and that the Central government provided him with security due to a vulnerability to his health. He claimed stated the High Court had issued preliminary orders in a handful of claims that he had previously appealed, and that the High Court’s order directing him to go to the Lower Court first is counter to existing legal standards.

Senior advocate B. Adinarayana Rao, who appeared on behalf of Mr. Raju, sought to persuade the Judge that the petition ought to be heard immediately, invoking Article 21 of the Constitution (protection of life and personal liberty). It was also argued that the High Court refused to investigate the details and circumstances of the case, and also that his conviction was an infringement of his right to free speech and expression.

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