The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA and a government official, Chintamaneni Prabhakar has been booked for allegedly assaulting a police personnel on duty.
The incident took place late on Sunday night at Denduluru in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Based on the complaint filed by the assistant sub-inspector (ASI), J Papa Rao over the incident, a case has been booked under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code has been registered against the MLA, according to Denduluru Sub-Inspector of Police, Kishore Babu.
The TDP MLA had last month submitted his resignation from the post sulking over denial of a cabinet berth. Prabhakar represents the Denduluru constituency. However, the Assembly Speaker did not accept his resignation.
Prabhakar went to the Singavaram junction where police were diverting heavy vehicular traffic because of a village fair and he allegedly questioned the move. The MLA abused the ASI and other constables on duty, and even assaulted one of them.
A written complaint was filed in the Denduluru police station, and accordingly a criminal case was registered against the legislator. The police stated that, no arrest has been made yet. Earlier a couple of years ago, Prabhakar had landed in controversy, for allegedly manhandling a woman tehsildar who tried to prevent illegal mining of sand. The MLA went unpunished in the case, as AP CM Chandrababu Naidu found fault with the official, despite strong protests by the government officials.