The Central Bureau for Investigation filed four separate chargesheets against the four accused in the case of posting derogatory remarks against judges and the judiciary on social media. The agency said that it had filed the chargesheets before a special court in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
The chargesheets were filed against Dhani Reddy Konda Reddy, Pamula Sudheer, Adarsh Pattapu and Lavanuru Samba Siva Reddy.
The CBI had registered a case last year in November against 16 people. The agency had also taken over the probe of the 1 FIRs registered in the case, from Andhra Pradesh CID, following the AP HC’s orders.
CBI said in a statement: “…It was alleged that the key personnel who occupied the posts of prominence in Andhra Pradesh by intentionally targeting the Judiciary, made derogatory posts on social media platforms against Judges and Judiciary following certain court verdicts…. Action was also initiated by CBI, after it had registered this case to get objectionable posts removed from social media platforms, public domains. A bunch of such posts/accounts were removed from the internet following CBI’s orders.”
The accused in the case were arrested in the month of July and August, this year. The Supreme Court criticised the CBI last month for not ‘helping the Judiciary at all’ in the matters that related to the security of the judges. CBI took swift action and arrested two individuals, a day after the remarks were made.