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Former Union Minister convicted for slapping policeman

Six months’ jail for S. Venugopalachary in case of slapping policeman

ADILABAD: Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) spokesman and former Adilabad MP S. Venugopalachary was sentenced on Wednesday to six months’ imprisonment and fined Rs. 500 by Boath Judicial First Class Magistrate M. Johnson in a case related to slapping of a police head constable.

The complaint was filed on March 5, 1999, by Harischander, head constable of Boath police station. He had alleged that Mr. Venugopalachary, then a Member of Parliament, had slapped him in the Boath guest house when he went there to deliver a message.

The sentence was suspended for one month during which Mr. Venugopalachary can go in appeal against the sentence in an appropriate court.

The former Union Minister also faces two other cases. The complaint at the Sarangapur police station lodged in 1993 relates to an allegation of cheating applicants for jobs in Nirmal Mahila Pranganam and the second case under the SC, ST Prevention of Atrocities Act is pending before the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Dr. Vidya Kumar of the Bazarhatnoor primary health centre had filed a complaint against Mr. Venugopalachary under the SC, ST Act in July, 2003.

The TDP spokesman was acquitted in another case of assaulting then Nirmal DFO Atul Singh on June 30, 1998