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AP High Court slams Kuppam cops for preventing TDP election campaign

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The AP High Court took a serious view of the hyper enthusiasm of the police in Kuppam. It slammed the Kuppam police for trying to obstruct the TDP leaders from conducting their election campaign. It strongly reprimanded Palamner DSP for his actions, which the court said were uncalled for.

Palamaner DSP has asked the TDP candidates contesting the elections to the Kuppam Municipal Council to obtain permission before conducting an election campaign. The DSP even served a notice on the TDP leaders. The TDP approached the High Court seeking action against the DSP. The court, which examined the complaint, severely criticised the police for putting spokes in the election campaign of a candidate contesting elections.

The police action has come in for all round condemnation. Many analysts slammed for police for preventing the TDP from campaigning. Campaigning during election is a matter of right and the police have no right to stop the campaigning. Political analysts say that the police were being ‘more loyal than the king. They slammed the police over-action.

Curiously, no such rules seem to apply for the ruling YSRCP. The very same police have neither served a notice on the YSRCP nor asked it to obtain permission to hold an election campaign. The rules seem to apply only to the TDP. Now the situation is likely to change after the High Court’s censure.

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YSRCP MLA gets High Court notices on withdrawal of police cases!

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YSRCP MLA from Jaggayyapeta constituency Udayabhanu Samineni, who is also a government whip in AP Legislative Assembly got notices from the AP High Court on the issue of the YSRCP government withdrawing 10 police cases booked against.

AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in May this year issued orders withdrawing ten cases booked against Udayabhanu during TDP regime.

A petition was filed by one Krishnanjaneyulu from APJF challenging these orders.

The High Court which heard the case on Friday (today) asked YSRCP government where was the need to issue a GO withdrawing 10 police cases registered against Udayabhanu.

The High Court issued notices to MLA as well as AP home secretary and AP DGP and asked them to file a counter within three weeks.

The police booked cases against Udayabhanu for the kidnapping of officials and also obstructing officials from performing duties.

These cases were booked in Vastavai, Nandigama and Chillakallu police stations.

However, the Jagan government dropped all these case at one go by issuing a single GO.

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AP High Court supports curbs on Ganesh pandals in public places

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has come in support of YSRCP government’s decision to impose curbs on public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi festival from September 10 to 19.

However, the court directed AP government to allow Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in private places duly following Covid norms.

The AP government recently issued orders imposing ban on setting up Ganesh pandals in public places which created a furore.

Opposition TDP and BJP strongly opposed curbs on Ganesh Chaturthi festivals and holding protest rallies across the state.

A petition was filed in AP High Court challenging state government’s orders on curbs on Ganesh festival celebrations.

The High Court issued directions on Wednesday (today) stating that there is nothing wrong in state government imposing restrictions on public celebrations in the wake of Covid conditions in state and to prevent Covid third wave.

However, the court directed state government not to impose restrictions on setting up pandals in private places.

The High Court allowed setting up of Ganesh pandals in private places and allowed five devotees at a time to perform pujas at pandals duly following Covid norms.

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AP High Court warns Jagan govt of contempt proceedings!

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday (today) warned Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy led YSRCP government of initiating contempt proceedings against it if it fails to clear NREGA arrears by September 15.

The High Court expressed severe anger at the AP government for failing to implement its orders issued two weeks ago in this case.

The High Court pointed out that it had issued orders to clear NREGA bill arrears of 494 cases two weeks ago.

The High Court expressed anger at AP government clearing bills of only 25 cases even after two weeks.

The High Court gave one-week deadline for AP government to clear the NREGA dues or face contempt proceedings.

The Jagan government earlier claimed that the dues were because of Centre failing to release the funds. But the Centre filed an affidavit in the High Court stating that it does not owe any dues to AP government and cleared all the bills that were submitted by AP government.

The Centre’s affidavit exposed AP government’s lies and also exposed that the AP government diverted NREGA funds released by the Centre for other purposes.

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AP High Court directs Jagan govt to pay MNREGA arrears in 2-weeks

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court came down heavily on YSRCP-led government in AP led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy over defaulting on payment of wages to rural workers under the Centre’s MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) scheme.

The AP High Court on Monday (today) ordered the Jagan government to clear MNREGA arrears within two weeks. The court issued interim orders in this regard.

The AP government informed the court that it has paid Rs 413 crore to MNREGA workers so far and there is a balance of Rs 1,117 crore. It promised to release the balance amount within four months citing that the Centre is yet to release the funds.

However, the Centre submitted an affidavit in the High Court stating that it released the funds as per the utilisation certificates submitted by the state government.

The Centre’s affidavit proved that the Jagan government had diverted MNREGA funds to other purposes to overcome the financial crisis it is facing due to the implementation of cash dole out schemes in the name of Navaratnalu.

The High Court viewed that non-payment of wages to workers amounts to a violation of the Constitution as well as the MNREGA Act.

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Mansas Trust case: AP High Court rules in favour of Ashok Gajapathi Raju

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The AP High Court on Wednesday (today) dismissed petitions filed by Andhra Pradesh government and Sanchaitha Gajapathi Raju challenging the orders passed by single judge reinstating TDP senior leader P Ashok Gajapathi Raju as chairman of Manas Trust.

The AP High Court upheld the orders passed by single judge and ruled that Ashok Gajapathi Raju will continue as chairman of Mansas Trust.

Sanchaitha also filed three separate petitions challenging the single judge order.

However, the division bench of AP High Court headed by Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami dismissed all these petitions.

It may be recalled that AP government had filed three appeal petitions in July arguing that the single judge erred in his judgment which was based on the will deed which has become void.

It may be also recalled that the government had removed Ashok as chairman of Mansas trust and Simhachalam temple trust on March 3, 2020, and appointed Sanchaitha Gajapathi Raju in his place by recognising her as the founder family member.

Ashok challenged his removal in the high court, arguing that he was removed arbitrarily without following due procedure. He also stated that his removal was against the trust deed which stipulates that only the eldest male lineal descendants can be appointed as chairman of the trust.

The government defended its move, arguing that Sanchaitha was eligible for the position and cannot be discriminated based on gender.

The high court, however, set aside the GO and reinstated Ashok as chairman of the two trusts. But AP government appealed against the order, arguing that the single judge made an error in his judgement while ruling in favour of Ashok based on the trust deed which has become void after the 1987 legislation which abolishes all hereditary trusties.

The government has also argued that Sanchaitha has preferential right of succession over Ashok according to Hindu Succession Act.

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AP High Court raps 4 IAS officers, YSRCP Govt

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday (today) took YSRCP government as well as four senior IAS officers to task in a contempt case.

Four IAS officers, namely panchayat raj principal secretary Gopala Krishna Dwivedi, panchayat raj commissioner Girija Shankar, MAUD principal secretary Y Srilaxmi and IAS officer Vijay Kumar attended the court hearing in a contempt case.

The AP High Court expressed anger at YSRCP government and four IAS officers for constructing Grama/ Ward Secretariat buildings, Rythu Bhaorsa Centres, Panchayat office buildings in government school premises located in villages, towns and cities in Andhra Pradesh in violation of AP High Court orders.

It may be recalled that AP High Court ordered not to construct these buildings in government school premises six months ago. But the YSRCP government continues to construct these buildings. With this few individuals filed a contempt case against AP government.

The AP High Court took serious view of the issue and asked IAS officers how can the government pollute academic atmosphere in government schools by constructing such buildings.

The court said only students from poorer sections study in government schools and their studies will be disturbed if such offices exist in school premises.

The court said such offices will create political environment in goverment school premises which is not good for academic activities of children.

The court also questioned whether any of these four IAS officers studied in government schools saying that had they studied in government schools they would have known the difficulties being faced by students from poorer sections in these schools.

The court adjourned the case to August 31 for further hearing.

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AP High Court grants bail to Devineni Uma

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The Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday (today) granted bail to TDP senior leader and former minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.

Devineni is currently lodged in Rajahmundry Central Jail.

The AP High Court on July 29 admitted a petition filed by Devineni seeking bail.

Devineni Uma and 17 of his followers were booked on July 28 under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), relavant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and other charges including rioting, criminal conspiracy and disrupting public servants from discharging their duties.

Uma and his followers were arrested on July 29 and sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Mylavaram.

It may be recalled that violence broke out between YSRCP and TDP activists at Gaddamanugu village on July 27 when Uma made a surprise visit to Kondapalli forest reserve area alleging that YSRCP leaders backed by Mylavaram MLA Vasantha Krishna Prasad were indulging in illegal gravel mining. While he was returning from Gaddamanugu village, YSRCP supporters allegedly pelted stones on his car and claimed that the TDP leader was making false allegations. The confrontation led to violence as around 1000 people from both sides gathered at the village and started attacking each other with sickles and stones.

In the violence, TDP supporters allegedly attacked a Dalit leader and damaged his house, too.

Alleging that the YSRCP activists attacked him and damaged his vehicle, Uma staged a protest at G Kondur police station by sitting in his car. The protest continued till Tuesday midnight. However, police arrested him forcibly by breaking open his car window. Some policemen were also injured. Police said that the unrest was created in a “planned manner.”

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AP High Court admits Devineni Uma’s bail petition!

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday (today) admitted a petition filed by the arrested TDP senior leader and former minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao seeking bail.

The High Court is expected to hear the case in a day or two.

Devineni Uma and 17 of his followers were booked on Wednesday under Section 307 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), relavant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and other charges including rioting, criminal conspiracy and disrupting public servants from discharging their duties.

Uma and his followers were arrested on Wednesday and sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court in Mylavaram.

It may be recalled that violence broke out between YSRCP and TDP activists at Gaddamanugu village on Tuesday when Uma made a surprise visit to Kondapalli forest reserve area alleging that YSRCP leaders backed by Mylavaram MLA Vasantha Krishna Prasad were indulging in illegal gravel mining. While he was returning from Gaddamanugu village, YSRCP supporters allegedly pelted stones on his car and claimed that the TDP leader was making false allegations. The confrontation led to violence as around 1000 people from both sides gathered at the village and started attacking each other with sickles and stones.

In the violence, TDP supporters allegedly attacked a Dalit leader and damaged his house, too.

Alleging that the YSRCP activists attacked him and damaged his vehicle, Uma staged a protest at G Kondur police station by sitting in his car. The protest continued till Tuesday midnight. However, police arrested him forcibly by breaking open his car window. Some policemen were also injured. Police said that the unrest was created in a “planned manner.”

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Follow Ashok’s orders: AP High Court directs Mansas EO!

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court today (Tuesday) directed Mansas Trust EO (executive officer) Satyanarayana to follow the orders issued by Mansas Trust chairman, senior TDP leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

Raju filed contempt petition against EO stating that EO was not cooperating with him in discharging his duties as chairman in violation of earlier HC orders.

The High Court expressed anger at EO and directed him to obey orders issued by chairman Raju.

The court also directed EO to immediately pay salaries for staff working in Mansas Trust .

The court also cancelled orders issued by EO convening meeting of executive council.

The court directed EO not to involve others in auditing of Trust accounts.

The court asked EO to audit accounts only with auditor.

Though High Court struck down Jagan government’s earlier orders of removing Raju from chairman post and reinstated him as chairman, officials of Mansas Trust are not cooperating with Raju reportedly due to instructions from Jagan government.

Raju moved High Court filing contempt case against officials.

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AP HC asks for Govt affidavit on ‘knife’ in jail barrack

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has asked the AP Government to submit a detailed report on the alleged finding of a knife in the barrack where Judge Ramakrishna was imprisoned in Chittoor. The court gave this order based on the letter written by Vamsi Krishna, son of Judge Ramakrishna.

The HC bench led by Justice M. Ganga Rao held a suo motu hearing in the allegations levelled in Vamsi Krishna’s letter. This came up during the hearing on the bail petition filed by Judge Ramakrishna. The Government lawyer responded and said an affidavit would be filed in the court soon.

The Dalit Judge’s family members have been alleging that he was targetted by Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy ever since he did not remove the name of their relative from the accused list in a murder case. The latest allegation made by the Judge’s son was that a strange fellow prisoner was threatening the judge in the barrack. Also, a knife was found under the bed of this unstable person.

Consequently, the judge has been shifted to another jail. Now, the High Court asked for more details of the finding of the knife in the barrack.

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Finally, Anandaiah medicine issue lands in AP High Court

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Finally, even the Anandaiah ayurvedic medicine for Covid patients has landed in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. Not a single issue that is connected to the public is being resolved without knocking the doors of the highest court in the State. In their latest appeal, the petitioners sought the High Court intervention to restart the administration of the Anandaiah eye drops to the patients at Krishnapatnam in the Nellore district.

The petitioners took strong objection to the AP Police halting the Anandaiah medicine citing an order to this effect from the AP Lokayukta. Whereas, the Lokayukta had no jurisdiction in such matters of public health. Two petitions were received against the stopping of the Anandaiah eye drops.

One petitioner questioned the wisdom of stopping the Anandaiah eye drops at a time when there was positive feedback from the patients. Because of stopping this medicine, many patients would face the threat of losing their lives. If there was any law and order problem, then the local authorities could as well take the required steps instead of halting the medicine altogether in the name of the orders from the Lokayukta.

The High Court bench has admitted their petitions and decided to take up hering on May 27.

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AP High Court gives one chance to additional AG

The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has given a serious warning to AP Government’s additional Advocate General Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy. It took strong objection to the manner in which Mr. Reddy spoke threateningly and contemptuously before the court during the hearings in the rebel MP Raghurama Raju custodial torture case. Justice K. Lalitha said this time, the court decided to show generosity and not initiate action against the AAG.

However, the judge clarified that the court was giving just once chance. If Mr. Sudhakar Reddy behaved in a high handed and contemptuous manner for a second time, then the High Court would initiate the necessary contempt of court proceedings without second thoughts.

Justice Lalitha specifically mentioned in her latest order how Mr. Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy used a threatening tone against the court while arguing over the CID failure to implement the magistrate’s orders. When the High Court asked why the orders were not implemented, Mr. Reddy raised his voice and argued with the court why the magistrate’s ‘illegal order’ should be implemented. Moreover, the AAG was putting counter questions to the court during the hearing.

The High Court said that Mr. Reddy even threatened to stage walkout from the court if it did not listen to him. At one time, he even asked the court why it was showing special interest that a lawyer’s letter was taken up for hearing.

Justice Lalitha said in her orders that even the accused persons in any case would have some rights as per the constitution and the courts would protect them as their duty.

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High Court notices to AP Govt on Sawhney appointment

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has once again given notices to the AP Government based on a fresh petition that challenged the appointment of State Election Commissioner Nilam Sawhney. The petitioner’s advocate said that the appointment of Ms. Sawhney was unconstitutional and in violation of the Supreme Court orders. The petitioner sought the removal of Ms. Sawhney from the post immediately.

The High Court admitted the petition, took up hearing and issued notices to the Government for its response. Since yesterday, there has been an all out attack on the SEC from the Opposition parties. The High Court had questioned the suitability of Ms. Sawhney for the post of SEC earlier while cancelling the MPTC and ZPTC elections. The judges of the AP High Court have been freely expressing their observations against the Jagan Reddy regime freely now.

The judges were especially unhappy with the way additional advocate general Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy spoke in an objectionable tone in front of the High Court a few days back. With respect to Ms. Sawhney, the High Court started highlighting how she had deliberately overlooked and made the Supreme Court order lifeless and redundant.

Petitioner Regu Mahesh was contending that Ms. Sawhney had enjoyed a position of profit in her capacity as CM’s Advisor prior to becoming the State Election Commissioner. This was against the rules and hence her appointment should be withdrawn.

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High Court double shock to AP Govt on Sangam

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The division bench of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh refused to stay the order of the single judge on the issue of the taking over of the Sangam Dairy management by the State Government. Earlier, Justice Somayajulu ruled that the Government’s taking over of the Sangam properties was unconstitutional and in violation of the laws of the land.

The Government challenged the single judge order before the division bench of the High Court. The division bench made it clear that it would not deem it correct to interfere with the single judge order at this juncture. It would have to go into the details if it really needed to consider the Government’s claim that it was interfering only to save the properties which were being misused by the present management.

The division bench comprising Justice Praveen Kumar and Justice Lalita said that they would like to uphold the single judge order for now, saying that the Government had no powers to take over the management of the dairy unilaterally. The original management should be allowed to take its own decisions.

Finally, the High Court postponed the next hearing till after the summer vacation. The court ignored the advocate general’s argument that the dairy properties would be misused if the Government did not interfere.

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CID police have beaten me, Narsapur MP tells court

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The arrested Narsapuram MP Raghurama Krishna Raju has given a written representation to the district court in Guntur that the CID police have beaten him. His lawyers told the judges that the police took law into their hands and there were injuries on Mr. Raju’s legs.

As a result, a high drama followed in the Sixth Additional Munsif Magistrate Court. The judges took a serious view of the allegations levelled by the MP. Senior advocates filed fresh petitions before the judges. Consequently, a special division bench is being formed to hear the petitions of Mr. Raghurama Raju.

The special bench was formed at the head of Justice Praveen. They have received the special motion moved by the senior advocates representing the Narsapuram MP.

After Raghurama told the court about the police beating him up, the court took his petitions into consideration. Then the CID shifted him to the hospital. Raghurama’s lawyers filed two petitions for getting bail for Raghurama Raju.

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No bail to Raghurama Raju in AP High Court

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has dismissed the bail petition filed by YCP rebel MP Raghurama Raju. The MP is currently in the police custody. The HC initially asked why Raghurama has come directly to the High Court when they have to approach the local courts concerned.

Raghurama’s lawyers argued that their client was a Member of Parliament but the CID officials illegally took him into custody without prior notice. They said that the very cases filed against Raghurama were in violation of the Constitution. However, the HC did not take their arguments into consideration.

Additional advocate general Sudhakar Reddy argued on behalf of the Government and the CID officials. The AAG told the court that Raghurama has hatched a conspiracy along with two media channels to defame the Government. The MP has instigated feelings of the people along the caste and religious lines. The CID officials were still investigating into the matter and that bail should not be granted.

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High Court suspends Jagan order on Amara Raja

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has given an early conclusion to the Amara Raja closure controversy. It has straightaway suspended the Jaganmohan Reddy Government’s order for the closure of Amara Raja Batteries near Tirupati in the Chittoor district. The court gave relief to the industry management after the Amara Raja advocates submitted that they have been implementing the guidelines given by the AP Pollution Control Board.

In the beginning itself, there has been pressure on the family of MP Galla Jayadev since he was actively taking part in the agitation against the Capital shifting. The Galla family has been fighting a political battle like many other TDP leaders. They remain unshaken by the closure of Amara Raja Batteries and approached the court for relief.

Today, the High Court has also expressed its objections to the AP Government not giving correct details on the Coronavirus problems in the field level. It faulted the Government for submitting an incorrect affidavit on the availability of Covid treatment facilities. While the Government claimed all facilities were being provided to patients, the nodal officers themselves were saying that they were not able to find enough beds for patients.

The High Court threatened to ask the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit if the Government did not try to be transparent.

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Review decision on SSC, Inter exams: AP High Court asks state govt!

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The AP High Court on Friday (today) asked the state government to review its decision on holding SSC and Intermediate public exams in May and June in the wake of increasing corona cases in the state.

The High Court heard the petitions seeking cancellation or postponement of exams.

The court observed that holding these exams involves 30 lakh students, parents, teachers and taking this into consideration the government should review its decision on holding exams.

The court posted the hearing for May 3. The court directed the state government to tell its opinion to the court on holding exams on May 3. The court ordered the state government to file a counter with all details on May 2.

The court questioned the state government how students who were infected with Covid-19 will appear for exams. It said as per norms such students should be under quarantine.

The government advocate argued that they will hold separate exams for such students. However, the court expressed doubt over such possibility.

The court also observed that whether Covid infected students will be mentally prepared to write exams.

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HC dismisses BJP, TDP petitions on Tirupati bypoll

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has dismissed the two petitions filed by the BJP and the TDP seeking cancellation of the April 17 Tirupati by-election. Both the parties have sought the nullification of the bypoll saying that the ruling YCP resorted to large scale use of bogus voters. The court held hearings on the petitions today and ruled that it would not be able to interfere with the election process at this juncture.

BJP candidate and retired IAS officer K. Ratna Prabha filed the first petition seeking a fresh notification for the election. Her advocates brought to the notice of the court that there was vide evidence to show how the ruling YCP leaders brought outsiders to vote in the Tirupati parliamentary constituency.

It was for the first time that Ratna Prabha contested in the direct election after she was retired as the Chief Secretary of Karnataka state. The BJP Delhi leaders have promised to give all their support to her candidature. Her election managers were also forced to complain to the Central Election Commission on the bogus voters problem. Finally, she filed the petition in the court.

The TDP also filed its petition and complained against the serious election violations resorted to by the YCP leaders. The Congress also made serious allegations against bogus voting but it did not go to the court.

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