A non-bailable warrant was issued against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and 14 others in a 2010 case related to an agitation by them over the Babli project across river Godavari. The judicial first class magistrate of Dharmabad in Nanded district, N R Gajbhiye, issued the order, directing police to arrest all the accused and produce them in the court by September 21. Chandrababu and others, then in the opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh, had been arrested and lodged in a jail in Pune in connection with the agitation staged by them near the Babli project site in Maharashtra, opposing it on the ground that it would affect the people downstream.
All were released later though they did not seek bail. The court order, dated July 5 and supposed to be executed by August 16 but corrected to September 21, was issued on a petition filed by a Maharashtra resident. Chandrababu Naidu was the leader of opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh then and the case has been pending trial all these years. Reacting to the news about the court order, Chandrababu ‘s son and state Information Technology Minister Nara 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. The chief minister is currently camping in Tirumala, attending the annual Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara temple there.