Hyderabad: Ravela Susheel, son of Andhra Pradesh's Minister for Social and Tribe Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu, has been sent to 14-days judicial custody by a court after he was questioned by the Hyderabad police following his surrender in an alleged molestation case at the Banjara Hills police station.
Police also arrested Susheel's driver M. Ramesh alias Appa Rao. Deputy Commissioner of Police Venkateswar Rao told reporters that both Susheel and his driver were questioned with regard to the complaint lodged by a woman.
Venkateswar Rao said police were also examining the CCTV footage of the car in which Susheel was travelling.
The accused were later taken to the government-run Osmania Hospital for examination. The DCP said they would be presented before a magistrate.
The police officer said the government was taking all steps for protection of women. "There is no question of shielding anybody involved in a crime, no matter how powerful he may be."
Police on Saturday issued notice to Susheel, asking him to appear before the police within 48 hours.
Both Susheel and Ramesh were booked on Saturday under the Nirbhaya Act for stalking a woman and trying to pull her into their car.
The incident occurred in the posh Banjara Hills neighbourhood on Thursday when the woman, a teacher, was walking down the road. She alleged that the duo passed lewd comments and tried to drag her in by grabbing her hand.
Citing the victim's complaint, the two were booked for eve-teasing and misbehaving but no arrests were made.
On Friday, some television channels reported how the police tried to hush up the case.
Susheel clarified through a social media post on Sunday that he spotted a puppy on the road and got down from car to pick it up but the woman without any reason started shouting and abusing him.
"The crowd joined hands with the unknown people whose only intention was political vengeance," he said.
However, the CCTV footage beamed on some news channels showed the car slowing down near the burqa-clad woman. Perturbed by this, the woman started walking faster but the car continued following her.
Meanwhile, minister Ravela Kishore Babu said on Sunday that his son is innocent. Stating that Susheel has done nothing wrong, he claimed that the CCTV footage has been morphed.
The minister also targeted YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and alleged that the opposition leader is trying to implicate his son in a false case to defame him.
(With IANS inputs)