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Top of­fi­cer trans­ferred af­ter ar­rest of Re­vanth

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The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day or­dered the trans­fer of the Vikarabad Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice T. An­na­purna, a day af­ter the state Congress Work­ing Pres­i­dent Re­vanth Reddy was ar­rested by the po­lice.

The poll panel has ap­pointed Av­inash Mo­han­thy the new dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion di­rected the Te­lan­gana Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice not to use the ser­vices of An­na­purna for elec­tion pur­poses.

The ac­tion comes a day af­ter Re­vanth Reddy, also a Congress can­di­date from Ko­dan­gal con­stituency, was ar­rested in a raid on his house past mid­night.

Court faults po­lice

Po­lice said he was taken into pre­ven­tive cus­tody as he had threat­ened to dis­rupt the elec­tion rally sched­uled by care­taker chief min­is­ter K. Chan­drashekhar Rao at Kosgi in Ko­dan­gal con­stituency.

The Hy­der­abad High Court had faulted Te­lan­gana po­lice for the man­ner in which Re­vanth was ar­rested, and won­dered if the state had be­come a ba­nana repub­lic. The court sum­moned the ad­vo­cate-gen­eral to pro­duce the ev­i­dence on which the po­lice acted against Re­vanth.

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