India: Supreme Court judge influencing state High Court orders, says Jaganmohan Reddy

Hyderabad: A silent tug of war between Andhra Pradesh state government and the state High Court has now burst into the open with the Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy going to the Chief Justice of India S A Bobde against a Supreme Court judge and a few judges of the High Court.

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Jaganmohan Reddy in a letter to Bobde complained that Supreme Court judge N V Ramanna was interfering in the affairs of AP High Court to protect the interests of the opposition Telugu Desam party leaders.

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The letter came in the backdrop of alleged links of Justice Ramanna and his family members with the land scam around the news state capital Amarvati during the previous regime of Telugu Desam.

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The trouble between the state government and the High Court started after an inquiry by the state cabinet sub committee and Anti Corruption Bureau found the involvement of relatives of Justice Ramanna but state High Court Chief Justice JK Maheshwari stopped further proceedings in the matter. The Chief Minister also pointed out that the High Court gagged the media from reporting on the contents of the FIR lodged by the ACB.

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Neutrality maintained

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The letter of the Chief Minister to CJI was released by Ajay Kallam, advisor to the CM. The letter also alleged that there was a proximity between Justice Ramanna and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Giving various instances Jaganmohan Reddy sought intervention of CJI to ensure that the neutrality of the state High Court was maintained.

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Chief Minister alleged that the bias of the Supreme Court judge in favor of TDP was evident from several orders of the state High Court staying investigations at the admission itself into the financial irregularities committed by Naidu government.

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He referred to Chief Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice DVVS Somayajalu staying investigations into the purchase of lands by former advocate general D Srinivas in and around Amarvati even before Naidu government had publicly announced the location of the new state capital.

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Gone public

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In both these cases the beneficiaries were clearly and exclusively the politicians of Telugu Desam party. This is the first instance that a state Chief Minister had chosen to go public over alleged misdemeanor of a Supreme Court judge and High Court judges and complained directly to the Chief Justice of India.

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Chief Minister also complained that cases important to the Telugu Desam party were being allocated to a few particular judges in the High Court.

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“In large public interest and in order to put to rest the speculations in a section of media concerning these developments the government deemed it fit to officially speak on the above to ensure dignity of all the institutions of the state is preserved”, Ajay Kallam said.

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