Hyderabad, Jan 9: All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who was arrested on charges of not cooperating with the police on the hate speech case levelled against him, has been sent to 14-day judicial custody and slapped with sedition charges.
On Tuesday night, Owaisi was taken to Nirmal in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh where an FIR had been registered against him over the hate speech. The police on Wednesday slapped fresh charges under sections 120-B (criminal The fresh charges under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 124A (sedition), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section 505 of IPC (punishment for spreading false and mischievous statements).
The police has sought a seven-day custody of the legislator for questioning as part of its probe. Karimnagar Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) R Bhimanayak said.
Owaisi was arrested soon after his medical report was issued following a test at a Hyderabad hospital.
Two FIRs were registered suo motu against Owaisi at Adilabad and Nizamabad districts while a third case was filed by the Osmania University police after he allegedly delivered hate speech against a particular community last month.
Meanwhile, the local court has dismissed a petition by Akbaruddin Owaisi seeking transfer of his case to Hyderabad. was on Wednesday dismissed by a local court. Dismissing the petition, the additional judicial first class magistrate ordered the Adilabad jail superintendent to provide better medical care to Owaisi.
The MIM MLA returned from London on Monday morning but was not arrested at Hyderabad airport. The BJP slammed the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh, accusing it of shielding Owaisi.