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HC show-cause notice to RGV

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The Telangana High Court on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to maverick director Ramgopal Varma over his upcoming movie Disha Encounter.

The movie is loosely based on the gangrape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian in 2019 and the alleged encounter of the four accused in the case.

The family members of the four accused moved the High Court seeking a ban on the movie.

The case came up for hearing on Tuesday. The advocate, representing the family of four killed in the encounter, argued that RGV was projecting the family members as the accused. The advocate further contended that the family members are under severe emotional turmoil after the four accused were encountered. The advocate presented before the court that the family is facing hostility in their village, and the movie will cause irreparable damage to the family members.

The lawyer sought a stay on the release of the movie. Hearing the arguments, the court postponed the matter to the next two weeks.

The family members of Disha had also moved the High Court seeking that the release of the film is restrained and sought a ban on the film, which is scheduled to be released on November 26.

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HC pulls up Jagan govt on Amaravati

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has once again frowned up the state government over the Amaravati capital issue.

Hearing a petition, the High Court expressed its displeasure and anger over the state government’s attitude in not submitting the details on the expenditure spent on Amaravati capital city. The court asked why the government has failed to submit a report on the funds spent on the construction of capital city at Amaravati. The court sought to know how much funds were spent, how many buildings were completed, and at what stage the construction was stopped.

The court ordered the state government to submit a full report on the funds spent on Amaravati construction by November 30. The court warned that it will be forced to summon the state Accountant General if full report was not submitted on the entire funds so far spent on the construction of Amaravati Capital city.

The court also questioned the government on the scrapping of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and constituting Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA) in its place. The court said G N Rao, BCG and the high-power committees have not recommended the scrapping of CRDA.

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AP citizens have a right to decry ‘irresponsible acts’ of Govt

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Right now, lots of petitions are being filled in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh against the decisions of the YCP Government. The court is hearing these petitions on a daily basis. The court has also got countless petitions from people who were accused in cases for their comments on social media against the Government.

Amid this, the YCP regime stepped up its legal battle further. The Government lawyer told the judges during hearing in a case that the petitioner called the Government’s act as ‘mindless’. Such serious and uncalled for language was being used by the petitioners.

It’s well known how some persons lost patience and used abusive language against the Jagan Reddy government on social media. The judge asked the government’s whether it was not a factor that the government actions we’re irresponsible.

The Government has proposed Capital shifting. Ten thousand crores were spent on the Capital buildings. They were lying there as a mere waste. Was it not an irresponsible act and waste of public money. The court said that the people have a right to decry wastage of their money by any government.

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Isn’t move to shift capital a mindless act: HC

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has made serious observations on Jagan government’s move to shift capital from Amaravati to Vizag.

The High Court questioned the government counsel if shifting of capital from Amaravati to Vizag, not a mindless act. “Crores of money has been spent on the creation of capital in Amaravati. Is shifting of the capital not mindless,” the HC asked the government counsel.

Further, the HC observed that there was a growing criminalization of politics in Andhra Pradesh and there was an urgent need to curb it. “There is a need to save institutions from politicians with a criminal background,” the HC observed.

The HC was hearing a petition on the arrest of former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu at the Vizag airport. In March 2020, the court had pulled Director General of Police Gautam Sawang as to why the police served notices under Section 151 of the CrPC on Chandrababu Naidu when he visited Visakhapatnam as part of his Praja Chaitanya Yatra and why no action was taken against the officers who violated the law in issuing the notices.

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AP High Court cancels Govt memo on Swaroopa birthday

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has struck down the YCP Government’s circular to various major temples to conduct special programmes to mark the birthday of Swaroopananda Swamy. Even the Visahapatnam Sarada Peetham Swamiji’s lawyer has also told the court that they have withdrawn the circular.

The Government’s order triggered massive protests from the Opposition and devotees’ organisations. The Endowments Department has asked almost all major temples from Simhachalam to Srisailam to hold programmes in honour of Swaroopananda Swami. It is well known that the Visakhapatnam Swamy was very close to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy who made a personal visit to his ashram after winning the elections.

In many instances, the Jagan regime’s decisions and GOs are being questioned by the High Court. On issues like English medium and YCP colours to the Government buildings, serious confrontation began between the High Court and the CM. The heartburn went to the extent of CM Jagan writing a letter to the Chief Justice of India, complaining that the AP High Court judges were under influence of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and they were passing orders against his Government.

Perhaps, this is the first instance where the High Court amicably settled the matter as Swaroopananda’s lawyer also came forward to withdraw their privilege. The issue came before the High Court following a petition by a citizen for revocation of such privileges for individuals in temples.

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AP High Court notices to Guntur SP, DSP, judicial officer

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh passed serious comments against the AP DGP, the Mangalagiri police and also the lower courts in Guntur on the issue of sending SCs to jail in an ‘atrocities’ case. The High Court objected to the manner in which the ‘atrocities’ case was booked despite knowing that the accused were SCs belonging to the Amaravati area. The HC judge asked whether the DGP was supervising law and order at all. How can the ‘atrocities’ case be booked against SCs?

The HC issued notices to the Mangalagiri police, Mangalagiri Junior Civil Judge and Guntur 4th Additional Sessions Special Judge to give their explanatory reports on why they overlooked the fact that the ‘atrocities’ case was filed against the SCs. The HC judge also asked how the police remanded the SCs when their remand report did not mention serious charges against them. On the one hand, the police were saying the arrests were made to prevent clashes. But there were no details of persons with whom the Amaravati SCs were clashing.

The High Court granted bail to the 7 Amaravati farmers who have been jailed for the last 20 days. The HC judge asked whether there was a mechanism to ensure human rights in the State. The judge also posed a series of questions to the public prosecutor on why the SCs were remanded to judicial custody when they were booked under bailable sections. Not a single reason was given in the police remand report to justify the arrest of the Amaravati SCs.

The HC judge commented seriously that the police and the judicial officer failed to follow the Supreme Court guidelines on protection of human rights. The Guntur Rural SP, Mangalagiri DSP, the lower courts and the judicial officer were answerable in this regard.

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Submit detailed plan on Vizag guesthouse: High Court

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday dismissed supplementary petitions on three capitals issue.

Hearing a petition on the Vizag guest house and three capitals issue, the High Court directed the state government to submit a detailed plan on the construction of the guest house. 

The petitioners argued that the construction of the guest house in Visakhapatnam was part of the state government’s larger plan of shifting the administrative capital of the state to the port city. The court asked the petitioners to approach it if the construction of the CM camp office is part of shifting the administrative capital.

The Jagan government has already begun an exercise to construct a state guest house on a 30-acre site atop Greyhounds Hill at Kapuluppada in Visakhapatnam. The State guest house is being built for providing accommodation to VVIPs such as President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and judges, Union ministers, governors, chief ministers, and ministers during their visit to the city.

Farmers filed a petition raised doubts over the construction of the guest house and brought to the notice of the court that the government did not provide details on how many rooms will be built in the guest house in Vizag. The petitioner raised doubts over the intention of the government in building guest houses in expansive land. The farmers expressed concerns that the guest house will be turned into CM’s camp office.

Hearing the plea, the court ordered the government to submit a detailed plan of the Visakhapatnam guesthouse. Further, the court allowed some lawyers to hear the case directly while allowing others to hear arguments via online.

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Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar knocks HC doors again

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State election commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar has once again knocked the doors of the High Court.

On Wednesday, Ramesh Kumar filed a petition in the High Court stating that the Andhra Pradesh government led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has not been releasing funds to the state election commission.

In his plea, Ramesh Kumar noted that the state government has put on hold the release of funds necessary for the functioning of the state election commission and appealed to the High Court to order the Andhra Pradesh government to immediately release the funds.

Further, Ramesh Kumar contended that stopping release of funds to the election commission is violative of Article 43 of the Constitution. Ramesh Kumar made principal secretaries of finance and Panchayat Raj as respondents.

Hearing the petition, the High Court asked the election commission to file an affidavit giving detailed information on the problems faced by the election commission. Further, the High Court observed that the Election Commission is a constitutional body which is entitled to get funds from the government.

Immediately after Ramesh Kumar filed the petition in the High Court, the Andhra Pradesh government has released Rs 39 lakh funds to the state election commission.

In an act of political vendetta, Ramesh Kumar was removed as SEC after he put off elections to the civic body. In a tearing hurry, the state government had appointed retired Tamil Nadu judge 76-year-old Kanagaraju as SEC. The move was challenged by Ramesh Kumar in the High Court.

At least 13 petitioners questioned the sanctity of the ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar as SEC. On May 29, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had struck down the state government’s Ordinance reducing the tenure of the SEC from five years to three years.

Hearing the petition, the High Court had ordered the Andhra Pradesh government to reinstate Ramesh Kumar SEC. However, the Jagan government was not in mood to reinstate him back as SEC and filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the High Court order to reinstate Ramesh Kumar as SEC.

The retired IAS officer was reinstated as SEC after a prolonged and bitter legal battle with the Jagan Reddy government. At times, he even received personal threats to himself and his family from the ruling party sympathisers. It also forced him to approach the Central Government to get security from the Central forces.

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Entire Cabinet responsible for Jagan’s letter

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court Sadhana Samithi Committee took strong objection to Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice S A Bobde alleging that sitting judicial impropriety against Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana and a number of judges of the Andhra Pradesh high court.

Andhra Pradesh High Court Sadhana Samithi Committee convener D N.V. Prasad Babu stated that Jagan had written the letter on the advice of Advocate General Sriram. “In the letter, Jagan had clearly mentioned that he has taken proper legal advice. Sriram has no moral right to continue as Advocate General and should immediately resign from the post ,” Prasad Babu said.

Further, Prasad Babu was of the view that the central government was in full knowledge of Jagan’s letter. “The Chief Minister has written the letter after his Delhi visit. The legal fraternity is of the view that Jagan has consulted the central government and accordingly has written a letter to Supreme Chief justice Bobde alleging impropriety against Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana and a number of judges of the Andhra Pradesh high court. If the chief minister has not consulted the central government before writing the letter, then the union government should take necessary action. Any decision taken by the Chief Minister is deemed as a decision taken by the entire Cabinet. Therefore, all the ministers will automatically be held responsible for the chief minister’s decisions,” Prasad Babu said

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AP High Court scraps GO for not including Naidu name

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Yet another violation of the Supreme Court order by the YCP Government came up for hearing in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The HC heard the arguments of both the sides and scrapped the GO already issued without following the Supreme Court order. The court ordered the AP Government to issue a new GO with Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu’s name included in the State Security Commission (SSC). The HC rejected the State Government’s arguments and just said that non-inclusion of Opposition Leader’s name in the panel was in gross violation of the Supreme Court order.

The High Court also ordered the AP Government to issue the new GO within a month’s time. As such, the HC posted the next hearing on the case after four weeks.

The Supreme Court ordered in the past that the SSCs should be constituted in all States for ensuring unbiased and accountable policing. The Commissions were expected to act buffers between the political executive and the police. This was aimed at making the political executive responsible in allowing the police to work with accountability. Only for this purpose, the Opposition Leaders in the respective States were also included on the Commissions.

However, the Jagan Reddy regime issued the GO without including Mr. Chandrababu Naidu’s name on the Commission.
As per the SC order, the Commission should consist of Chief Minister or Home Minister as Chairperson, DGP as ex officio secretary, Opposition Leader, Chief Secretary, a retired judge nominated by the Chief Justice of High Court, and up to five non-political independent members.

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HC asks govt to file counter in Ambati illegal mining case

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The AP High Court on Wednesday asked the mines department to file a report on the illegal mining at Kondamedu in Guntur district.

The HC heard a public interest litigation (PIL) filed against YSRCP Sattenpalli MLA Ambati Rambabu and his associates alleging that he was involved in illegal limestone mining in survey numbers 358/38a, 382/2, 412, 413 and 414 of Kondamedu. The petitioner contended that the state exchequer lost crores of revenue due to illegal mining and the district administration has failed to take any action as Ambati Rambabu since he belongs to the ruling party.

The mines department filed a counter denying any illegal mining. On this, the High Court asked the mines department to file a counter including all the respondents mentioned by the petitioners. The court also asked the private petitioners to file their counter. The HC gave four weeks time for the mines department and private petitioners to file their counters.

YSRCP activists P Srinivasa Reddy and N Ramaiah of Kondamodu village alleged that Ambati Rambabu was indulging in illegal mining of limestone at Kondamodu village under Sattenapalli Assembly constituency and they filed a writ petition in the High Court demanding inquiry into illegal mining.

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High Court notices to CRDA on Aswini Dutt petition

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh held a hearing on the petition filed by film producer Aswini Dutt against the YCP Government on the issue of land compensation. The court issued notices to the Revenue and Municipal Administration Departments and the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) to file their final counters on this case. Mr. Dutt has claimed Rs. 210 Cr compensation for the losses caused to him by the Government in the whole transaction.

It may be recalled that the film producer gave 39 acres of his land for the Gannavaram airport expansion project. In return for the same, the previous TDP Government gave plots in the Amaravati Capital City area. At the time of this transaction, Aswini Dutt claimed that his Gannavaram land cost in the open market was about Rs. 1.54 Cr per acre. Now, the present Government was shifting Capital out of Amaravati, which was in violation of the agreement and which would cause severe loss to him.

The High Court heard the arguments today and issued notices to the CRDA and the revenue officials. Mr. Dutt has made the AP Government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) as respondents in the case.

Film actor UV Krishnam Raju also gave his Gannavaram land similarly in return for plots in Amaravati Capital city. The Government is maintaining that it is retaining Amaravati as Capital city only. But, the petitioners claim that Executive Capital which is the real Capital of any State was being shifted to Visakhapatnam.

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HC orders CBI probe into anti-judiciary remarks by YSRCP leaders

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday handed over to the CBI the case relating to the derogatory and objectionable social media posts lowering the dignity of the judges and judiciary.

Hearing the petition on Monday, the High Court observed that the comments made against the judiciary by the YSRCP leaders on social media were detrimental to democracy. The court gave two months time to the CBI to submit a report.

The HC bench expressed anguish that such comments have lowered the dignity of the judiciary, one of the three pillars of democracy. Such remarks, the court, observed that might lead to internal strife and erode the public confidence in the judiciary.

The High Court handing over the case to the CBI comes in the wake of its earlier serious objections against the state government and the CID not filing cases against the ruling YSRCP leaders. On October 8, the High Court had criticised the state government for not filing cases against its leaders. The court had observed that the comments made on social media by Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, Deputy Chief Minister Narayana Swamy, Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy, Lok Sabha MP Nandigam Suresh and former MLA Aamchi Krishna Mohan amounted to an attack on the judiciary.

“Cases were promptly registered against individuals who make anti-government statements, but why is the government silent when it comes to comments made against the judges and the courts. Why no cases were filed against the public representatives? Comments against courts and judges is a direct attack on the judiciary,” the High Court had observed.

The petitioner brought to the notice of the court that several YSRCP leaders made objectionable remarks against the judiciary, including Tammineni Sitaram, Vijayasai Reddy, Nandigam Suresh and Amanchi Krishna Mohan.

Sitaram had questioned the High Court’s recent verdicts against the state government’s policy decisions. Sitaram had commented that there was no need for the people to elect MLAs and MPs if the courts can decide what the state government should do.

“What is the purpose of elections? It appears that the judges want to run the affairs of the government. Can the state be ruled from court halls. If that is the case, is there a need to elect a chief minister, MLAs or MPs,” he had commented.

Hearing the petition, the High Court had fumed at Sitaram stating that it was unbecoming on the part of the Speaker to make such comments. Vijayasai Reddy made questionable remarks against the Andhra Pradesh judiciary. “The AP judiciary is not impartial and it has to be stopped. It is unfortunate that courts are hindering the investigation into scams. As lawmakers, we have the right to raise the issue in Parliament and speak about the functioning of the judiciary in AP,” Vijaysai Reddy had stated in Rajya Sabha.

The High Court had initiated contempt proceedings against YSRCP MP Nandigam Suresh and 48 others for intimidating judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court, besides using abusive language against them. Amanchi Krishna Mohan, another YSRCP leader, had found fault with the High Court directive to the CBI to probe the police highhandedness against Dr Sudhakar Rao.

The court had sent contempt notices to both the leaders for their comments lowering the dignity of the court. Nandigam Suresh had accused former CM Chandrababu Naidu of managing the High Court. He had alleged that Naidu was privy to court verdicts prior to 30 minutes or 10 minutes of its pronouncements.

In the most sensational statement undermining the judiciary and casting aspersions on the courts, transport minister Perni Venkataramaiah had alleged that some people who worked for the TDP are now in the judiciary to work for the benefit of TDP president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.

YRCP Lok Sabha MP Midhun Reddy had stated in the Parliament that Andhra Pradesh High Court was curbing media freedom in the state. His statement came a day after the High Court issued a gag order restraining the media from publishing or airing stories regarding an FIR in the Amaravati land case.

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Cannot hold polls due to Covid: Jagan govt to HC

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The Jagan government, which was in a hurry to hold elections to local bodies in March during the early outbreak of Covid-19, has filed a petition in the High Court stating that it cannot conduct the polls in view of the pandemic situation.

Hearing the petition, the High Court directed the state government to inform the same to the Election Commission while posting the next hearing to November 2. The same YSRCP ruling was mighty miffed with state election commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar for postponing the elections to urban and rural local bodies scheduled to be held in the last week of March in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Jagan government forced Ramesh Kumar to retire by promulgating an ordinance reducing the tenure of the SEC from five years to three years. The ordinance which amended Section 200 of the AP Panchayat Raj Act, 1994, even got Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan assent. The Chief Minister also alleged that Ramesh Kumar was favouring TDP president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu as both belonged to the same caste.

Subsequently, Ramesh Kumar had written a letter to the Union Home Ministry seeking additional security for himself and his family, fearing a threat to his life from the ruling party leaders.

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CBI office has to be set in AP: HC

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In yet critical observation, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday stated that the CBI sleuths may have to set up the office of the premier investigating agency in the state.

The High Court made the remarks hearing habeas corpus petition. The petitioner through habeas corpus plea said there are a growing number of instances in which Andhra Pradesh has kept the accused under illegal detention. The petitioner contended that the Andhra Pradesh police have been throwing the constitutional norms manual to the winds by not producing the accused before the court within 24 hours after their arrest.

The petitioner argued that the constitutional and legal requirements to produce an arrested person before a judicial magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest must be scrupulously observed, but the Andhra Pradesh police have not been following this constitutional obligation. “If this is the situation, then the habeas corpus petition will have to be taken up by the CBI,” the High Court remarked. The next hearing on the case was posted to Monday.

On several occasions, the High Court summoned DGP Gautam Sawang, including illegal detention of some accused, arrest of former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at Vizag airport. Such observations are a slap on the AP police.

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Why no action taken against YSRCP MPs, MLAs: HC

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has fumed at the Jagan government for its failure to initiate any action against YSRCP MPs and MLAs despite making adverse comments against the courts and judiciary.

Hearing a petition on Thursday, the High Court questioned why the government has not filed cases against the MPs and MLAs who tried to lower the dignity of the judiciary. Without mincing words, the High Court said, “The government has been proactively filing cases against individuals who are being critical of the government or its policies. Why is the government silent when it comes to its own MPs and MLAs who have been making adverse remarks against the judiciary.” The HC bench, while hearing a petition filed by the High Court in-charge registrar, expressed displeasure that the CID (Crime Investigation Department) stated that it had failed to act on cases filed over negative social media posts on the HC judges.

The HC observed that if the CID has failed to file cases against the YSRCP leaders for making objectionable comments against the judiciary, the case should be handed over to the CBI for a thorough investigation. “It seems there is a deliberate direct attack on the judiciary which is not a healthy sign in a democracy,” the court observed.

The petitioner brought to the notice of the court that several YSRCP leaders made objectionable remarks against the judiciary, including Deputy CM Narayanaswamy, Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy, Lok Sabha MP Nandigam Suresh and Amanchi Krishna Mohan.

Sitaram had questioned the High Court’s recent verdicts against the state government’s policy decisions. Sitaram had commented that there was no need for the people to elect MLAs and MPs if the courts can decide what the state government should do. “What is the purpose of elections? It appears that the judges want to run the affairs of the government. Can the state be ruled from court halls. If that is the case, is there a need to elect a chief minister, MLAs or MPs,” he had commented.

Hearing the petition, the High Court fumed at Sitaram stating that it was unbecoming on the part of the Speaker to make such comments.

On his part, Vijayasai Reddy made questionable remarks against the Andhra Pradesh judiciary. “The AP judiciary is not impartial and it has to be stopped. It is unfortunate that courts are hindering the investigation into scams. As lawmakers, we have the right to raise the issue in Parliament and speak about the functioning of the judiciary in AP,” Vijaysai Reddy had stated in Rajya Sabha, .

The High Court had initiated contempt proceedings against YSRCP MP Nandigam Suresh and 48 others for intimidating judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court, besides using abusive language against them. Amanchi Krishna Mohan, another YSRCP leader, had found fault with the High Court directive to the CBI to probe the police highhandedness against Dr Sudhakar Rao.

The court had sent contempt notices to both the leaders for their comments lowering the dignity of the court. Nandigam Suresh had accused former CM Chandrababu Naidu of managing the High Court. He had alleged that Naidu was privy to court verdicts prior to 30 minutes or 10 minutes of its pronouncements.

In the most sensational statement undermining the judiciary and casting aspersions on the courts, transport minister Perni Venkataramaiah had alleged that some people who worked for the TDP are now in the judiciary to work for the benefit of TDP president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.

YRCP Lok Sabha MP Midhun Reddy had stated in the Parliament that Andhra Pradesh High Court was curbing media freedom in the state. His statement came a day after the High Court issued a gag order restraining the media from publishing or airing stories regarding an FIR in the Amaravati land case.

The HC bench expressed anguish that such comments have lowered the dignity of the judiciary, one of the three pillars of democracy. Such remarks, the court, observed that might lead to internal strife and erode the public confidence in the judiciary.

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Maintain status quo on capital issue: HC

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s plan of creating three capitals for the state continues to hang in balance with the Andhra Pradesh high court on Monday extending the status quo on continuing Amaravati as the state capital.

The petitioners questioned the violation of agreement made by AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) with the farmers, deviation of master plan in the state capital region and lack of creation of infrastructure facilities in the region. The petitioners challenged the Jagan government’s proposed move to create three capitals – executive, legislative and judicial capitals at Vishakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool respectively.

State Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan had already given his consent to the two crucial bills – the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020.

The High Court bench directed the state government to maintain status quo till that time. On August 25, the Supreme Court refused relief to the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh after it made an appeal for lifting the status quo order by the High Court on the two news laws for its three capital plan.

On its part, the central government has made its stand clear that it has no role to play in capital creation and that it is a state subject. The central government had also filed a counter affidavit in the High Court to put forth its arguments on the capital creation issue.

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High Court dismisses A B Venkateswara Rao’s plea

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by senior police officer A B Venkateswara Rao who was suspended by the YSRCP government and later reinstated by the court.

In his petition, Venkateswara Rao appealed to the High Court to direct the Andhra Pradesh police not to arrest him. The senior police officer was suspended by the state government for allegedly colluding with a foreign defense manufacturing company, R.T. Inflatables Private Limited, and reportedly leaked critical police and intelligence information to the Israel-based company.

In his petition, Venkateswara Rao appealed to the High Court to direct the Andhra Pradesh police not to arrest him. The court observed that it had referred a case to the state government. The state government will have to face contempt proceedings if it fails to file a case as per the standard procedures.

Earlier, Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney had issued orders suspending Rao and directed him not to leave Vijayawada without obtaining permission from the government, during the suspension period. Following this A B Venkateswara Rao challenged the government’s decision in the High Court. In his petition before the High Court, Rao had alleged that the state government did not give him any posting and placed him under suspension on vague charges which were in violation of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution of India and principles of natural justice.

The High Court had set aside the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order which had upheld the state government’s decision to suspend the senior IPS officer. Rao served as Additional DG (CID) and also as Director-General (Intelligence). He was not given any posting after the YSRCP came into power. Setting aside the CAT order, the High Court had directed the state government to reinstate Rao and pay him salary during the suspension period

On July 2 this year, the Andhra Pradesh government had filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court orders revoking the suspension orders against senior police officer A B Venkateswara Rao. In the petition, the Andhra Pradesh government sought a stay on the HC verdict which had directed the state government to reinstate him to the regular service and pay him a full salary.

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AP High Court objects to GO 776, orders independent probe

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has given another blow to the YCP Government. The court issued interim orders objecting to the GO 776 issued by the Jagan regime this year. This GO was issued to withdraw prosecution into a sensational case relating to the mob attack on Old Guntur police station in 2018. The court passed serious comments on the Government and called for an independent probe into the case. If prosecution was withdrawn at this stage, there would be a chance for such incidents to happen in future.

The High Court took strong objection to AP DGP himself announcing withdrawal of prosecution on this case. It was not correct for withdrawing a case relating to an attack on the police station itself. The court was reacting on this following a Public Interest Litigation petition filed by the Legal Rights Protection Forum.

In a rare instance, the court found fault with the language used in the GO. The judges objected to the direct mention of the words ‘muslim youth’ in the GO which would not be acceptable. The court asked the Government to file its counter.

The High Court postponed hearing into this case October 1. The case was sensational at that time when a mob attacked, pelted stones and broke window panes of Old Guntur police station. The mob created tensions by expressing their violent protests against the police not taking action on a man allegedly involved in a molestation case. A few police personnel were injured and lathicharge was also used. A few buses were also damaged in the attack.

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AP High Court extends Status Quo on Amaravati till Oct 5

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The Jaganmohan Reddy Government received another setback in the court on the issue of Capital shifting. The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has once again extended the Status Quo on the implementation of 3 Capitals Bills till October 5. The judges summarily dismissed the plea of AP Government’s advocates for removing the Status Quo. This is the third time that the court extended the Status Quo. The legal circles say that this has indicated how much the hearings were going on heavily in favour of the farmers who have a constitutional right to demand protection of their rights as per the agreements reached at the time of land pooling for Amaravati city.

The High Court has made a significant observation this time that it would hear the proceedings on 3 Capitals and CRDA Repeal Bills everyday from October 5. Already, a lot of delay was caused in the hearings in view of the Coronavirus lockdown and restrictions. Moreover, the Government already once went to the Supreme Court for relief from the Status Quo. The Apex Court said that it would not interfere with the case as it was pending in the High Court.

As of now, the Government was eager to complete the hearings and get the order of the High Court. Given the current mood, an adverse order might come from the HC and this could be immediately contested in the Supreme Court.

CM Jagan’s major objective since the beginning is to shift Capital to Visakhapatnam as early as possible in order to prepare everything for a stable administration from there.

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