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Supreme Court judge recuses in allegations against Andhra CM – telangana

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On Monday, the Supreme Court adjourned a hearing on two petitions seeking action against Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who accused a superior high court judge of attempting to interfere with and influence the operation of the high court of Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating abusive comments and derogatory statements on social media allegedly made by some supporters of the ruling YSR Congress Party against the Andhra Pradesh HC justices and the Supreme Court earlier this year, said people familiar with the development.

In the Supreme Court, a court headed by Judge UU Lalit expressed inability to hear the matter because the judge, as a lawyer (before his elevation), represented the prime minister in separate litigation.

“We direct the Registry to list the matter before the CJI (Chief Justice of India) to obtain the appropriate orders to list the matter before a court of which Judge Lalit is not a member,” the three-judge tribunal, which also includes justices Vineet Saran and S Ravindra Bhatt, he said.

The two petitions, one jointly filed by Supreme Court attorneys GS Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, and another by attorney Sunil Kumar Singh, sought a notice of proven cause against CM Jagan for making various charges against Justice NV Ramana, the highest ranking judge of the Supreme Court. Court after the Chief Justice.

Jagan, in a letter to CJI SA Bobde on October 6, alleged that many Andhra Pradesh high court judges were biased against the state government and that Judge Ramana was influencing the HC roster and making cases against the government state will be listed before said judges.

On October 10, Jagan’s senior adviser, Ajeya Kallam, revealed the contents of the letter to the media at a press conference. The two petitions in the Supreme Court were filed after that press conference.

Mani and Yadav’s plea called for a declaration by the supreme court that Jagan did not have the authority to hold the post of prime minister as he is “abusing his position and power by making openly outright false, vague, political and scandalized comments and accusations in the public and media ”against Judge Ramana. They also demanded a time-bound judicial investigation by an independent agency into the allegations.

The other petition prayed for an address asking Jagan not to make advances to the public or the media against Supreme Court justices.

Attorney General KK Venugopal refused on November 2 to grant consent to initiate contempt against Jagan and his adviser on the matter, in part because the matter was already before CJI Bobde (in the form of the CM letter). However, he maintained that the conduct of the two was “stubborn” and called the moment of the letter “suspicious.”

Jagan’s allegations came a month after an order approved by Judge Ramana on Sept. 16 in a public interest litigation that sought to speed up criminal trials against sitting and former legislators. There are several such cases against Jagan.

Several of Jagan’s colleagues have also been making comments against the judiciary.

Last week, CBI took over the first 12 information reports (FIRs), recorded by the Andhra Crime Investigation Division (CID) from April to July, on the complaint from the Secretary General of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and groups them in a single case.

The IWC has named 16 accused persons in its FIR registered on November 11. They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, residence, language, etc.), 504 (intentional insult with intent to cause breach of the peace), 505 (incitement to a community), 506 (criminal intimidation) and section 67 of the Information Technology Act.

According to the CBI FIR, prominent people gave interviews and posted various accusations against the judges of the Supreme Court and the HC on social media.

“These people posted abusive, threatening and intimidating posts against the judges on Facebook, Twitter about the recent rulings handed down by the Andhra Pradesh HC judges,” added CBI.

In reaction to the development, YSR Congress Party senior lawmaker and head of government G Srikanth Reddy said that comments made by some people on social media, allegedly against some HC judges, reflected people’s sentiments. .

“Whenever there is a high court judgment against the state government, the leaders of the (rival) Telugu Desam party claim it as their victory. Don’t people get the impression that the judiciary in the state is acting in favor of the TDP? ” I ask.

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