Personal security staff of media baron Ramoji Rao and TDP supporters tried to attack media persons on Tuesday when journalists clicked photographs during his attendance in the fourth additional chief metropolitan court in a cheating case in Visakhapatnam.
When Ramoji Rao and his son Kiran Kumar attended the court, suddenly some supporters of the media baron started raising slogans and when the lawyers asked them to be calm, the mob tried to attack the lawyers and media persons.
One Mr Aditya Krishna Varma filed a cheating case against Ramoji Rao. The complaint is that Mr Ramoji Rao took the land of Varma for lease for 33 years and without his knowledge, surrendered part of the land to the authorities for road widening. When the government gave alternative piece of land to Ramoji Rao, he got it registered in his name with out the knowledge of Varma.
Varma said that Ramoji Rao had surrendered 872 square yards of land to the municipal corporation and claimed an equivalent amount of land. Alleging that Mr Rao claimed the land by submitting a false affidavit, Varma filed a case in the Three Town police station.
Rao went to the high court seeking dismissal of the case but his plea was rejected. His plea that he should be exempted from attending the court personally was also rejected by the court.
A large number of people, who arrived at the court in vehicles soon after Ramoji Rao entered the court premises, behaved rudely with the lawyers and media personnel. They took away the camera of a TV channel and smashed it on the ground. Media personnel later gave a complaint to the police.