Hyderabad: Former AP minister Bhuma Akhila Priya, who was arrested by the Hyderabad police in connection with a kidnap case in Bowenpally, was granted bail by a local court in Secunderabad on Friday.
The court granted bail on two sureties of Rs 10,000 each. Akhila Priya, a Telugu Desam leader, was arrested on January 6 and was remanded in judicial custody at the Central Prison in Chanchalguda. She is expected to be released on bail from prison on Saturday.
The Hyderabad police, in their counter to the bail petition, told the court that if she is released Akhila Priya using her political background could influence victims of the Bowenpally kidnap case and tamper with evidence apart from using muscle power to harm the victim's family.
The court which heard both sides, issued an order granting her conditional bail.
The case was regarding the kidnap of one Praveen Rao and his brothers over purchasing a 25-acre land near Hafeezpet in 2016. The deal was reportedly mediated by one A.V. Subba Reddy with the assistance of the late Bhuma Nagi Reddy, Akhila Priya's father.
Though Praveen Rao had paid a huge sum, Subba Reddy and Akhila Priya allegedly began harassing him for more money as the market value of the land shot up.
As Praveen and his brothers were not willing to give more money or a share in the land, the former minister and her husband allegedly hatched a conspiracy to threaten them by kidnapping....