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Hate speech row: Akbaruddin Owaisi to surrender, announces his brother at rally

Hate speech row: Akbaruddin Owaisi to surrender, announces his brother at rally
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh politician Akbaruddin Owaisi, who has been booked in three different cases for making alleged inflammatory speeches, will surrender once he returns from London, his brother, Asaduddin Owaisi, said in an exclusive interview to NDTV.

"My brother will not run away from the law," Asaduddin Owaisi, a Member of Parliament, said. Mr Owaisi spoke to NDTV soon after he addressed a public meeting in Old Eidgah at Tandur, 150 kilometres from Hyderabad.

"We are not against Hindus. We are against the BJP and Kiran Kumar Reddy," he said. Mr Reddy is the Chief Minister of the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh. Mr Owaisi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) withdrew support from Mr Reddy's government last year.

Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is a MIM legislator, has been booked in two first information reports for allegedly using inflammatory language against a particular community during public speeches last month. Mr Owaisi was directed to appear before the police in Adilabad district on January 7 and in Nizambad town on January 8.

Mr Owaisi says there is reason to suspect that if the MIM had not parted ways with the Congress, his brother would not have been facing a slew of charges today.

The legislator from Chandrayangutta is in London reportedly for treatment.

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