Poachgate: Appear before SIT, HC tells BJP neta, provides arrest shield | India News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Telangana HC on Saturday directed the Delhi police commissioner to serve a notice by state police’s special investigation team (SIT) on BJP national general secretary BL Santhosh in connection with Poachgate. Also, the court of Justice B Vijaysen Reddy directed SIT to not arrest Santhosh till further orders, while directing him to appear before SIT and comply with procedure under 41-A of CrPC. SIT officers can send the notice to the Delhi police chief through WhatsApp, email or in person. Another suspect, Karimnagar-based advocate Srinivas, was also shielded from arrest by the court.
The judge, who was tasked with monitoring the Poachgate probe, was hearing two urgent interim applications from BJP and the state government, raising differing concerns. BJP questioned the notices issued by SIT to Santhosh, a native of Karnataka, now based in Delhi, and Karimnagar-based Srinivas, while the state‘s petition — filed by the home secretary, the DGP and police commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad — sought directions to the Delhi police commissioner to help their officials in serving the notice on Santhosh under Section 41-A. They alleged that the Delhi Police were not extending cooperation. “In fact, they are thwarting our efforts, citing local body elections in Delhi,” the petition said, stating that Telangana police personnel returned to Hyderabad without completing the task in Delhi.
The case will come up for hearing again on November 22. Advocate General BS Prasad said the BJP has no locus standi to file the petition.

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