Vijayawada, Oct 31 (UNI) A local court today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) against Kanakadurga Devasthanam Executive Officer (EO) S Chandrasekhar Azad for not complying with the court directive to appear before it in a case relating to distribution of stale prasadam during 'Navaratri' festival.
Third Metropolitan Magistrate Ch Rajagopala Rao issued the NBW while hearing a petition, filed by city-based Advocate B Nageswara Rao under sections 38 and 108 of the Public Health Act, 1939, regarding distribution of 300 packets of stale tamarind rice as prasadam to the devotees.
Based on the Magistrate's earlier order that the EO and Devasthanam Chairman P Narayana Reddy appear before the court, the Chairman presented himself, while the EO filed a petition through his lawyer seeking exemption from appearing before the court.
However, the Magistrate dismissed the petition and issued the NBW.
The court directed the city Assistant Commissioner of Police to execute the warrant and present Mr Azad in the court when the case would be heard again on November 5.
In the wake of the complaints, the Magistrate had appointed Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Srikrishna on October 16 to examine the quality of the laddu and tamarind prasadam in the temple and submit a report. Accordingly, the APP inspected the kitchen room at the temple and submitted his report on October 29.
The Magistrate had asked the petitioner to submit his objections, if any, on the report by today.