Telangana issue: Andhra court orders fresh case against Shinde, Chidambaram for cheating people

Protests over Telangana

A day after a court in Andhra Pradesh directed the state police to probe charges of “cheating” people of Telangana region on the statehood issue against two top ministers of the UPA government, yet another court on Tuesday ordered the police to register another case against three Union Ministers — Sushilkumar Shinde, P. Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Responding to a private petition, a Rangareddy district court asked Chaitanyapuri police to register the case against Home Minister Shinde, Finance Minister Chidambaram and Health Minister Azad under Sections 420 and 153 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and file a report by the February end.

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While Shinde heads the home ministry that is responsible for making repeated promises for separate Telangana state, Chidambaram was his predecessor when the assurance was first given by the Centre in 2009. Azad happens to be the Congress’s in-charge for party’s affairs in Andhra Pradesh and has been closely involved in the statehood matter.

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Earlier, a Rangareddy metropolitan court had on Monday ordered the police to probe the allegation that Shinde and Chidambaram “cheated” the people of Telangana with their statements on the statehood issue even as the region continued to simmer over the demand.

Following massive protests, the then Union home minister Chidambaram had announced on December 9, 2009 that the process to create a Telangana state would be initiated with the moving of a resolution in the state assembly. However, when protests mounted against the proposed bifurcation of the state in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, Chidambaram said on December 23, 2009 that the Centre wanted to consider all views on the demand for a separate Telangana state.

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