Friday, January 8, 2016
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Mahesh Chandra Laddha who interrogated Congress former MLA Malladi Vishnu and his brother Malladi Srinivas for a couple of days was sent to judicial remand till January 19, 2016.
The SIT produced them before Second ACMM Md.Abdul Rafi amidst tight security. The judge after hearing the bail plea and counter arguments finally sent to remand.
The police took them at the Government hospital and got medical tests done and their fingerprints were taken at Krishnalanka police station. The prosecution is learnt to have insisted that the accused be sent to remand on the grounds that some witnesses had faced intimidation and that a notice had been duly served earlier u/s 41 of CrPC seeking cooperation for the investigation. The prosecution argued that their were arrested on the basis of credible information about their culpability. Deputy Director of Prosecution B.Ramakoteswara Rao argued that an interim anticipatory bail petition filed by the accused was not maintainable as the police had exercised their power u/s 41 (I1) of the CrPC. At the end of the day, the court sent them to remand.
Cases were booked against the accused u/s 304 and 328 of IPC and 37 of the AP Excise Act.
Liquor was not adulterated, says SIT
In a significant development, the SIT probing the case found that the liquor which caused the death of five persons in Swarna Bar and Restaurant was not adulterated there. Sources said that some poisonous substance was mixed in the liquor that was served to the customers on the day of the incident and the employees of the bar were not aware of what it was and how much quantity of it was blended with liquor. Police are trying to find out whether any cheap liquor manufactured locally was served or the bar owners mixed poisonous material for giving extra kick to the victims. When questioned, the family members feigned ignorance and blamed Malladi Vishnu for the tragedy.