Telugu Big Boss star Nutan Naidu held in Dalit tonsuring case

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Nutan Naidu had allegedly tried to impersonate a retired IAS officer, P.V. Ramesh, to protect his wife, who is the prime accused in the case.

Telugu version Big Boss star and film, Nutan Naidu, was on Friday, September 4, arrested in Udupi in Karnataka in connection with the tonsuring of a 20-year-old Dalit youth at his residence in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam six days ago.

He allegedly tried to impersonate a retired IAS officer, P.V. Ramesh, to protect his wife, who is the prime accused in the case. Pendurthi police had arrested his wife and six others on August 29 for allegedly beating, abusing and tonsuring the youth, P Srikanth, who worked in their house at Sujatha Nagar, a day before.

Police said that Naidu allegedly tried to impersonate former senior IAS officer PV Ramesh and made fake calls to doctors, including KGH Superintendent PV Sudhakar, to save the accused, including his wife, from the case. He reportedly asked them to issue medical certificates to six of the seven arrested in the tonsure case and refer Priya Madhuri to the hospital citing health issues.

“However, Dr Sudhakar, who grew suspicious of the caller, called up the ‘real’ Dr Ramesh and came to know that someone was posing Dr Ramesh. Dr Sudhakar, in turn, informed the police about the phone call,” Indian Express quoted Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha as saying.

Sinha said that the imposter used to set his name in Truecaller as Additional Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Office. The police said that Naidu travelled to Bengaluru from Hyderabad and later to Mangalore and was finally taken into police custody at Udupi railway station with the help of the Karnataka Police.

He said Naidu tried to throw away the four mobile phones he had used to impersonate Dr Ramesh during the arrest, but the police confiscated them. CCTV footage seized during the probe showed that Naidu made video calls to his wife Priya Madhuri twice from Hyderabad and threatened and abused Srikanth over the phone a day before the tonsure incident.

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