Lawmaker accused of misbehaving with lady collector says she is like his sister

Lawmaker accused of misbehaving with lady collector says she is like his sister

Lawmaker accused of misbehaving with lady collector says she is like his sister

Mahbubabad legislator B Shankar Naik who was arrested by the police on Friday in connection with his alleged ‘objectionable behaviour’ with district collector Preeti Meena, came out on station bail on personal bond said he is innocent.

Agitated by the inappropriate behaviour of the MLA  the collector filed compliant against him on Thursday night while the incident took place around noon during Haritha Haram programme at local NTR stadium aimed at increasing green cover in the state. Upon the advice of the police the MLA went to the station on Friday morning.

Later at his home, speaking with vernacular news channel the MLA feigned innocence. “She is also an ST just like me; she is like a sister to me. I have no bad intensions whatsoever. If I have touched her inadvertently I offered her my hand folded apologies at her office,” he said. The ruling party MLA who was reprimanded by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and made him apologize saw a conspiracy to defame him by his own party men. “I came to know some of the party men met the collector and encouraged her to slap cases on me, even after I apologized to her,” Naik said.

Naik was booked under Section 353 of IPC (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of her duty), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 following a complaint lodged by the collector.

Meanwhile, the state IAS officer’s association office bearers met here and discussed the issue and  are expected to meet the Chief Minister to urge him to initiate action against the MLA. Revanth Reddy the Telugu Desam Floor leader in Telangana Assembly has demanded the chief minister to sack him right away. “The incident reflects the lack of concern for women in TRS government which has no lady MLA in the entire cabinet,” he said.

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