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Delay in action against Balakrishna deplored

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HYDERABAD, JUNE 18. The Human Rights Forum (HRF) has deplored the inordinate delay in initiating action against film actor Nandamuri Balakrishna who allegedly shot at two persons, but had been taking `shelter' at Care Hospital and later at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences with the `cooperation' of authorities.

The HRF in a release said that though the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, and later the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, had reiterated that the law would take its own course in the shooting case, it was evident that the accused had been extended all concessions to continue to stay in a corporate hospital first and later at the NIMS to avoid being sent to jail.

Any other person would have been taken into custody and put behind the bars after a cognisable offence such as the shooting incident, but the actor was allowed to stay in the hospitals on the pretext of some vague physical injury and later, senior doctors including NIMS Director Kakarla Subba Rao, claiming that Balakrishna was under acute depression, the HRF said.

The HRF regretted that several prominent people from the film industry, medical profession, police officials R.P.Singh and A.K.Khan , and even some newspapers had lost credibility by their `overenthusiasm' to show the accused in a sympathetic light. An offender, surprisingly, was being treated as a victim while the real victims who sustained grievous injuries were being pressured to come to a compromise, it said.

The HRF wondered why the police officials who on mere suspicion would act ruthlessly in accordance with the law continued to remain helpless in the case of Balakrishna. Stating that the events in the last few weeks had made a mockery of the law, the HRF said all those who had tried to shield Balakrishna had lost their respect in the eyes of the people.

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