A Hyderabad High Court Advocate was on Tuesday sent to seven days of judicial custody after he was arrested for stealing Law Books and Journals from Court.
On Tuesday he was sent to seven days of judicial custody after he was arrested for stealing law books and journals from court. When police raided the residence of G Gangavenu Gopala Krishna Rao on Monday on suspicion of stealing books, they were not prepared for what they saw.
Rows of law journals, volumes of Citations and AIR manual books, all stolen from various offices in the High Court premises were neatly lined up in shelves and on tables.
“He wanted to impress his clients, show them that he had a flourishing practice by displaying the books. All were stolen over the last several months from various offices and chambers in the High Court,’’ Inspector A Yadagiri of the Charminar Police Station said.
Advocate Rao is a resident of New Santosh Nagar Colony and a native of Kakinada, East Godavari district. On March 1, Duty Officer of High Court sub-inspector G Sathaiah lodged a complaint at Charminar Police Station stating that the Court Attendant S Sanjeevaiah has reported several `AIR Manual’ books and other law books missing from Court Hall 13.
In his complaint, Sub-Inspector Sathaiah also stated that he viewed the CCTV footage and on March 15, one person wearing shirt and black trouser was seen entering the court hall number 13.
“Seeing the CCTV footage we knew it was a lawyer; nobody just walks into a court hall just like that. During the course of investigation, we identified that it was advocate Gopala Krishna Rao who was stealing the books.
He did not have enough money to purchase the law books on his own so he stole them. We recovered 144 law books from the house of accused which were stolen by him since last one year from the various courts of high court.
We have arrested him and he has been remanded to judicial custody for 7 days,’’ an official said. IE