NBW against temple EO recalled

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Vijayawada, Nov 5 (UNI) A local court today recalled a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) issued against Kanakadurga Devasthanam Executive Officer (EO) S Chandrasekhar Azad, after he filed a warrant recall petition in a case relating to distribution of sub-standard 'prasadam' during 'Navarathri'.

After the Third Metropolitan Magistrate Ch Rajagopala Rao issued the NBW, while hearing a petition on October 31, filed by city-based advocate B Nageswara Rao under sections 38 and 108 of the Public Health Act, 1939, the Kanakadurga temple official moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court to get a stay on the order.

However, the High Court asked him to appear before the court today and submit a personal bond.

Accordingly, Mr Azad appeared before the Magistrate and submitted a personal bond of Rs 5,000 today. Later, the Magistrate admitted his petition and recalled the NBW by remonstrating him.

The Magistrate also asked the EO as to why he was not present earlier by complying with the court directions, Mr Azad said he was busy with the Navarathri festivities.

Mr Azad gave an assurance that he would attend the court during the next hearings and submit, by the next hearing, a report on the complaints regarding the alleged distribution of 300 packets of stale tamarind rice as 'prasadam' to devotees and also on the report submitted by the Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Srikrishna, who examined the quality of the 'laddu' and tamarind 'prasadam' as directed by the Magistrate on October 16.

The Magistrate, later adjourned the case to November 21.


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