Machilipatnam (AP): An Andhra Pradesh MLA and seven others were sentenced to one year imprisonment by a local court on Tuesday for obstructing government officials on duty during an incident in 2005.
K Srivenkateswara Rao, TDP legislator from Gudivada, and the others were later granted bail by the Judicial First Class Magistrate.
As per the case history, a farmer from Pedapalaparu village, K Moshe, had committed suicide on August 23, 2005, alleging that a piece of land owned by him was forcefully taken by the Revenue Department.
Following the incident, Rao and his followers took the farmer`s body to Revenue Divisional Office at Gudivada and staged a `dharna`.
Police had registered a case against the lawmaker and others following a complaint by an official, who alleged that they prevented government officials from discharging their duty.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 2,000 on each of them.