The Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission on Saturday issued notices to the state director-general of police and the Hyderabad city police commissioner on the arrest of Revolutionary Writers Association functionaries and former Maoist emissaries Varavara Rao and G Kalyan Rao in Hyderabad.
At a special sitting, the Commission took ‘suo motu cognisance of the reports in the media that due procedure of law was not followed (by the police) while carrying out the arrest of Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao.’
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The Commission sought a report from Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen and City Police Commissioner V Dinesh Reddy ‘on compliance of guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in the D K Basu versus the state of West Bengal case wherein the apex court laid down the procedures for the arrest of anyone.’
The Commission asked the DGP and the commissioner to furnish their report by 11 am on August 22.
The special sitting was convened as Saturday was a holiday for the commission. The sitting was chaired by justice B Subhashan Reddy, commission chairman and former chief justice of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala high courts. Two other judicial members of the commission-P Ramakrishnam Raju and E Ismail-were present.
By Syed Amin Jafri