Hyderabad: Tension prevailed in Banjara Hills late on Thursday night as the Banjara Hills police went to industrialist GP Reddy’s house on Road No 65 for carrying out a search in connection with a forgery case booked against him.
A police team went to Reddy’s house around 8.30 pm to question him as part of the case booked in 2016. Back then, a complaint was lodged by one Kalpana alleging that Reddy had cheated her and several others by forging land documents pertaining to a housing society.
Recently, the police arrested four persons in connection with the case, with the arrested persons revealing Reddy’s name. He went absconding since then. He also approached the High Court and lower courts for an anticipatory bail. Though he was first granted anticipatory bail, the HC cancelled it in June. Again on Thursday, the Banjara Hills police picked up some suspects in the case who informed the police that Reddy was at home.
“We went to his residence and found him there. He made us wait for long and started arguing that he has health issues. We asked him to give that in a written form,” police said.
Lagadapati Rajagopal, who was a parliamentarian in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, reached Reddy’s residence and questioned the officers’ action without a search warrant. Entering into a heated argument with the officers, he also stopped them from entering the house.
Speaking to the media, Rajagopal alleged that the police were harassing Reddy by conducting midnight searches despite his friend extending cooperation in the probe into a civil case.
In between, when a Sub-inspector was speaking with his higher-up on phone, Rajagopal allegedly snatched away the phone and vented his ire on the person on the line.
West Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police AR Srinivas clarified that police had gone to the Reddy house as part of the ongoing probe and that it had the right to question a suspect at any time.