Hyderabad: The Hyderabad City Police got three-day custody of former Andhra Pradesh minister Bhuma Akhila Priya from a local court in Secunderabad here on Monday.
The court allowed police custody of Akhila Priya, the prime accused in the Bowenpally kidnap case, from Monday 1.30 pm to Wednesday 12.30 pm. The police had earlier sought seven-day custody of the former minister saying there was not much time for detailed questioning due to the quick arrests, adding that there were more things to be investigated, including the whereabouts of her husband M Bhargav Ram Naidu and other suspects, who were still absconding.
Police said the property documents on which the victims Praveen Rao and his brothers were allegedly made to sign were also yet to be recovered while a scene reconstruction of the kidnap episode with the suspects was also to be done. The court in its order on Monday granted police custody, following which the Bowenpally police took custody of Akhila Priya from the Central Prison in Chanchalguda and shifted her to the Women Police Station in Begumpet for questioning.
Meanwhile, the court also dismissed the bail petition filed by Akhila’s defence counsel. Bail was sought citing health issues as one of the main reasons.
In the counter petition to Akhila Priya’s bail petition, the police had said if she was granted bail, she could communicate with her henchmen who would not hesitate to carry out physical attacks on the victims’ family.