Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi was taken for a medical test after he evaded arrest in connection with his alleged hate speech citing health concerns. A two-member police team was at Akbaruddin Owaisi's residence to work out details for his medical test on Tuesday morning. Owaisi underwent a medical test at the Gandhi hospital amidst tight security.
Owaisi was examined by a team of doctors including a cardiologist, orthopedician and general surgeon. The investigating officer of Adilabad police was also present inside. Owaisi's personal doctors were in the hospital but weren't allowed inside the examination room.
Earlier on Tuesday morning the Nirmal rural police at Adilabad district issued a notice to Akbaruddin to make himself present for the medical examination.
Investigating officer A Raghu had found Akbaruddin fit enough to face police inquiry in connection with the case filed against him for the alleged provocative speech. However, the MIM legislator had informed that he was suffering from pain and had sought four days time to appear before the Nirmal police for questioning. After this, the police had on Monday night decided that he will be subjected to medical examination on Tuesday.
"In view of his medical examination police issued a notice to him to come to the Gandhi Hospital where government doctors will carry out his medical examination. Once the medical test is complete, a certificate will be issued and based on it further course of action will be taken," a senior police officer said. For security reasons, a police escort accompanied him.
The police on Monday evening also went to his residence to question him over his alleged hate speech. This came even as Owaisi filed a writ petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court asking for a stay on arrest and filing of more FIRs on similar grounds. The High Court is likely to take up the writ petition on January 9.
Earlier, questions were raised as to why Hyderbad Police did not arrest Owaisi on arrival at the Hyderabad airport on Monday morning. Owaisi returned early on Monday morning from London to a rousing reception by his supporters at the airport and told the police that he would surrender later as he was not well.
It seems Owaisi is using ill health to get away and are police going slow on the MIM MLA. Even as the police failed to arrest him at the airport, Owaisi approached the investigating officer in Adilabad and asked for a four-day extension citing ill health.
He was directed by the court to appear before the police in Adilabad district on Monday and in Nizamabad town on January 8.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that Owaisi's hate speech was a dangerous trend. "Political parties, who claim to be secular, did not speak up. When Owaisi gave the hate speech, the people present there were clapping and cheering for him. This is a dangerous trend," said BJP leader Balbir Punj.
When asked if the police anticipated any trouble due to his appearance, a police officer said, "Everything will be taken care of". On Saturday, Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy said Owaisi informed police that he was undergoing treatment in London and would appear before it shortly.
Another notice was served to the MIM legislator by Osmania police asking him to appear before it on January 10. While two FIRs were registered suo motu at Adilabad and Nizamabad districts, a third case was registered by Osmania University police, following a court directive after Owaisi allegedly used inflammatory language against a particular community last month.
Fresh complaints continued to pour in against Owaisi from Malkangiri and Vanasthalipuram, though no cases have been registered, police said.
Owaisi, who represents Chandrayangutta Assembly constituency, has been booked under Sec 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and Sec 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of IPC.
The MIM legislator has also been booked under Sec 121 (waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India) of IPC.
Meanwhile, TDP and BJP leaders held protests at various places in the state, demanding action against Owaisi. TDP MLA Revant Reddy demanded that Owaisi be disqualified for his comments. Speaking at a protest, state BJP president G Kishan Reddy said that steps should be taken to ensure that Owaisi returns to India to face the law.
(With additional information from PTI)