Mumbai: An arrest warrant has been issued by Maharashtra’s Dharmabad Court against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and 15 others in connection with an agitation held by TDP in 2010 against the Maharashtra government, opposing the construction of Babli project across river Godavari. Speaking to ANI on the development, TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar said, “It is unfortunate that an arrest warrant has been issued against Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu. It appears that there is some conspiracy by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.”

According to PTI, the magistrate has directed the police to arrest all the accused and produce them in the court by September 21. Naidu and others, then in the opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh, had been arrested and lodged in a jail in Pune, only to be released later though they did not seek bail. Besides Naidu, state Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and Social Welfare Minister N Anand Babu, former MLA G Kamalakar (who subsequently joined the TRS) were among the TDP  workers booked in the case. (Also read: Fuel Prices Would Touch Rs 100/lt, Says Chandrababu Naidu)

They have been charged with assault or criminal force, to deter public servant from discharge of duty, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, act endangering life or personal safety of others, criminal intimidation among others. Naidu was the Leader of Opposition then and the case has been pending trial all these years. Naidu’s son and state Information Technology Minister N Lokesh said his father and other TDP leaders would attend the court. “He fought to protect the interests of Telangana. He even refused to seek bail when he was arrested,” Lokesh said.

Meanwhile, questions have been raised over the warrant in a case that is eight years old. Voices have also questioned how non-bailable warrants could be issued now in an old case. The TDP has threatened a protest across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.