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Fresh bid to impeach HC judge Justice Reddy fails

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Efforts to initiate impeachment proceedings against high judge Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy for allegedly interfering in the work of subordinate judiciary has failed for a second time in the past few months.

A notice to the chairman earlier this year for a motion of removal of Justice Reddy, claiming there was "enough prima facie material" to start the process of inquiry against him under the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968, has become infructuous after nine of the 54 signatories withdrew, a source said.

The parliamentarians alleged that Justice Reddy, a judge at the high of judicature at for and Telangana, had interfered in the judicial process and hurled casteist abuses against a junior Dalit judge.

The Constitution stipulates that a minimum of 50 members or double that number from the are required as signatories to initiate impeachment proceedings against judges of the higher judiciary.

In December last year, a large group of members had made an attempt to get Justice Reddy removed, but it failed as some MPs withdrew their signatures.

The fresh notice, signed by 54 MPs belonging to the Telugu Desam Party, Rashtra Samithi, Congress, Samajwadi Party, CPI(M) and other parties, has alleged that the high judge "interfered in the judicial process" which included "physical assault" and "abusing" a junior Dalit judge, S Rama Krishna of Rayachoty, on "caste lines".

The MPs have claimed that Justice Reddy "victimised" Krishna for "not submitting to his illegal demands".

He "misused" his position as a high court judge of undivided to "use the subordinate judiciary to victimise" Krishna, they said.

Justice Reddy was also accused by the MPs of possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income and non-declaration of assets to the high court chief justice and the public, in violation of the Full Court Resolution of the Supreme Court in 1997.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 16:57 IST