You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

SC judge recuses from hearing pleas for action against Andhra Pradesh CM

'As a lawyer, I had represented these parties in litigation. I cannot take up this matter'

Topics
Y S Jaganmohan Reddy | Andhra Pradesh government

IANS  |  New Delhi 

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh, jaganmohan reddy
File Photo of Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Source: PTI

Supreme Court judge, Justice U.U. Lalit, on Monday recused himself from hearing a plea seeking action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, who wrote a letter to Chief Justice S.A. Bobde raising various allegations against the apex court's second senior-most judge Justice N.V. Ramana.

As the plea came up for hearing before a bench headed by him and comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Ravindra Bhat, Justice Lalit, at the very outset, said: "As a lawyer, I had represented these parties in litigation. I cannot take up this matter."

He said that the matter should be listed at the earliest before any other judge, as per the decision of the Chief Justice. The bench was scheduled to hear three petitions seeking inquiry and action against the Chief Minister for his "scandalising" remarks against Justice Ramana.

Two advocates -- G.S. Mani, Pradeep Kumar Yadav and Sunil Kumar Singh -- and NGO Anti-Corruption Council of India Trust, in their pleas, have contended that allegations levelled against Justice Ramana are baseless and cited Reddy is facing over 20 criminal cases.

The pleas alleged that Reddy not only wrote a letter to the Chief Justice levelling allegations against the judiciary, but also held a press conference where false statements were made.

On October 6, Reddy, in an unprecedented move, had written to the Chief Justice alleging that the Andhra Pradesh High Court was being used to "destabilise and topple his democratically-elected government".

Singh, in his petition, has asked the top court to issue a show cause to Reddy after his government's official made public a letter written by Reddy to the Chief Justice. He had contended that due to Reddy's conduct, the faith of public at large is shaken and the Chief Minister's conduct is nothing but an attempt to destabilise the duly established democratic setup of our country.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had already twice turned down request for his consent for filing a criminal contempt case against Reddy for writing a letter to the Chief Justice against Justice Ramana.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Mon, November 16 2020. 19:40 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.