High Court Issues Notices to Ruling Party Legislators in AP

Taking suo moto cognizance of news reports over the attack on Transport Commissioner Office and abusing the commissioner, the High Court took up the case on Tuesday and issued notices to 11 people.

Hyderabad: The High Court has issued notices to TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas, MLA Bonda Umamaheswar Rao, MLC Buddha Venkanna, Mayor Koneru Sridhar, AP DGP, Vijayawada CP and others in the case of attack at Vijayawada Road Transport Commissioner Office. The news came as a shock to the ruling Telugu Desam Party Government, as per reports.

Later, the High Court deferred the case for four weeks. The unruly behavior of MP Srinivas and others party leaders was in the news a few days ago.

Taking suo moto cognizance of news reports over the attack on Transport Commissioner Office and abusing the commissioner, the High Court took up the case on Tuesday and issued notices to 11 people.

News reports suggested that the alleged ruling party leaders abused the AP Transport Commissioner N. Balasubramaniam and manhandled his security staff.

The AP government was criticized for the behavior of its legislators.

Consequently, the Party Supremo and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has also taken the issue seriously. Not only he chastised his party leaders, but also offered an apology to the Commissioner.

However, as the High Court took cognizance of the incident, the party leaders will have to defend their case, and in the process may end up causing trouble to the Government.

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High Court Issues Notices To MLAs Who Defected To Become Ministers

Four MLAs of AP, who got elected on the YSRCP ticket, crossed over to TDP and became ministers. Another in Telangana moved from TDP to TRS and bagged a coveted post.

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday heard a Public Interest Litigation petition filed against elected representatives in Andhra Pradesh who crossed the floor and became ministers. The petitioner urged the judiciary to remove such people from their posts.

A journalist named Shiva Prasad Reddy filed a petition alleging that it is illegal for representatives, who get elected on one party ticket, to cross the floor later and become ministers. The advocate representing Shiva Prasad Reddy argued that under Article 164 (1B), it is illegal to appoint people who have crossed the floor.

The High Court, issuing notices to the four ministers, asked them to file a counter in four weeks. It also said that the case against Telangana Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav will also be heard along with this case.

It may be recalled that N Amarnath Reddy, C Adinarayana Reddy, Rao Sujaykrishna Rangarao and Bhuma Akhila Priya, who won as MLAs on YSRCP B forms, crossed the floor and were sworn in as ministers in the Andhra Pradesh Government. Likewise, Talasani Srinivas Yadav won on the TDP ticket but joined TRS and became a minister.

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TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban

Diwakar Reddy has taken legal recourse for lifting of air travel ban imposed against him by several domestic airline companies. This is surprising because he could as well have approached his TDP colleague and Civil Aviation Minister for a quicker solution.

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party MP from Anantapur, JC Diwarkar Reddy, has petitioned the Hyderabad High Court seeking lifting of air travel ban against him by several airline companies in the country.

The TDP MP approaching the High Court is a bit surprising, as he could have sought waiver of the ban from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who belongs to his own party. It may be recalled that following the Aviation Minister’s intervention, ban on air travel by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was lifted after the latter had tendered an apology. Before that, all domestic airlines had refused to fly Gaikwad, as he had assaulted an Air India employee aboard an aircraft in the third week of May.

Diwakar Reddy’s petition filed on Tuesday comes soon after AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the MP to resolve the issue “personally and swiftly”. Naidu had also advised him to approach the Aviation Minister “to put an end to the travel ban controversy”. Naidu’s suggestion came after TruJet refused to issue him a boarding pass for a flight to Vijayawada last Sunday. TrueJet’s refusal came in the wake of several airline organisations imposing a ban against letting Diwakar travel by air, as he had misbehaved with the staff of IndiGo Airlines a month ago.    More: Resolve Air Travel Ban Issue, AP CM Tells Diwakar

The TDP MP, in his plea, requested the High Court to rule the ban against him as “illegal”. He has made the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara Airlines, IndiGo, GoAir, Air Asia, SpiceJet and Turbo Megha Airways as respondents to his petition.

He alleged that though he had reported well within time, IndiGo Airlines did not issue a boarding pass to him. He pointed out that no complaint was filed against him by the said airline regarding the incident.

However, there is CCTV footage revealing the MP creating a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam Airport last month after he was not issued a boarding pass by IndiGo for being late.   More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar

The Anantapur MP has sought direction from the High Court declaring the action of respondents in imposing flying ban on him as “illegal, arbitrary, violation of the principle of natural justice” and to forthwith allow the petitioner to fly on all domestic flights.

He contended that the ban should be lifted as the Parliament session is expected to commence from July 17. Since he is an MP and a senior citizen, the ban imposed on him would result in a lot of difficulties.

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    […] The TDP MP, who approached the High Court on the ban issue, argued in his plea that imposing a ban without a proper inquiry was unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution.   More: TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban […]

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TSPSC Group-II Examinations Stayed By High Court

The High Court staying the recruitment process for three works asked the government to file a counter within that time limit

Hyderabad:  Creating hurdles for the recruitment of Group –II posts, the Hyderabad High Court stayed the process for three weeks on Monday. After hearing pleas filed alleging that irregularities took place in the Group –II written examinations, the High Court issued orders to TSPSC not to take up any recruitment process in these three weeks. It also asked the State government to file its counter within three weeks.

The government has issued a notification for 1032 posts last year. Around five lakh 65 thousand candidates appeared for the written test held last November. The controversy started during the written examination time itself.

However, TSPSC which released the results invited around three thousand candidates for the interviews and also started the process of certificate verification of the candidates attending the interviews.

Meanwhile, allegations were levelled that the candidates who used whitener and double bubbled were selected for the interview and a lot of irregularities took place in conducting of Group –II examinations. In this context, the High Court ordered to stop certificate verification and any other process till three weeks.

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High Court Refuses Bail To Former MLA

The Hyderabad High Court had refused to grant bail to former MLA Chengala Venkata Rao who was sentenced to life by Anakapalli court in a murder case.

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court refused to suspend the conviction of former TDP MLA Chengala Venkata Rao, who was awarded a life sentence in a murder case, saying that it would not give any preferential treatment to a politician.

The court also rejected Rao’s bail petition.

The Anakapalli sessions court sentenced former MLA Chegala Venkata Rao to life imprisonment in a murder case that took place a decade ago.

Arguing for the suspension of Rao’s conviction, his counsel reportedly said that he was in no way related to the death of the person and added that being a political leader he had to attend people’s problems.

However, the bench refused to accept the arguments and said, “this is the norm being followed and cannot be violated just because he is a politician.”  It also said that there was no rare or exceptional circumstance in the case to grant bail to the politician.

The incident occurred in 2007 when Rao was an MLA. He went to visit a group of people who were protesting alleged sand mining in their area at Bangarampalem village in Nakkapalli mandal.

A heated argument followed and two factions opposing and supporting clashed, leading to the death of one person and leaving several injured.

A local named Gosala Konda died in the violence. On a complaint by victims, the police booked a case against 25 people, including Rao, for inciting violence. The court recently handed out life sentences to 16 accused.

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High Court Censures Police In Naresh’s Murder Case

The police officials who acted indifferently and took the side of the alleged killer Srinivasa Reddy who reportedly killed his own daughter Swathi and her lover Naresh have been taken to task by Mahesh Bhagavat, Rachakonda Police Commissioner.

Hyderabad:  The High Court expressed anger at the way police treated the sensational case of honour Killing of Swathi, Naresh. After completing the hearing in the case, the court severely censured the police. It questioned why police are not acting transparently.  Reacting to the report by police that Naresh’s body was burnt and it was Swathi’s father who killed him it made serious remarks. It asked police why honour killings are increasing in the Telugu states. Pointing out that majority population is questioning the functioning style of police; the court directed the police to work to enhance the prestige of the department.

Meanwhile, The Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat suspended sub- Inspector Shivanaga Prasad for dereliction of duty and coercion in the Naresh murder case.  The Commissioner told media, “SI Prasad called up Swati several times and asked her to return home in a threatening manner after her father T Srinivas Reddy lodged a missing complaint.”

The Bhongir Town Police Station Inspector M Shankar and Sub-Inspector Krishna Murthy were issued charge memo for failing to act promptly to look for Naresh. Another inspector of Ramanapet police station, who had struck a compromise between the families of Swati and Naresh and facilitated their return was also sent a charge memo.

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Bombay High Court Upholds Life Sentence In Bilkis Bano Gang Rape Case

The Mumbai HC upheld the life sentence given by trial court to 11 accused in the horrifying Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. It refused to give death sentence.

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday upholding the life sentence given to 11 men convicted in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape and murder case by the trial court, dismissed their appeals filed against the conviction.

Meanwhile, it also dismissed an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking death sentence to at least three of them, citing it as a rarest of rare case. The CBI felt that awarding death penalty to at least three out of 11 people convicted in the case would send a stern message.

The incident took place in the aftermath of the Godhra train carnage. On March 3, 2002, 17 people including pregnant Bilkis Bano were attacked in a village in Gujarat. In this incident, around eight people were killed and six others were reported missing, while Bilkis Bano and her two family members, master Hussain and Saddam survived.

A special court in Mumbai later convicted eleven men – Jaswant Nai, Govind Nai, Shailesh Bhatt, Radhyesham Shah, Bipin Chandra Joshi, Kesarbhai Vohania, Pradeep Mordhiya, Bakabhai Vohania, Rajubhai Soni, Mitesh Bhatt, and Ramesh Chandana – for the gang-rape of Bilkis and murder of her family members on January 21, 2008, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

The conviction was challenged by them in the Bombay HC.

The division bench comprising Justice VK Tahil Ramani and Mridula Bhatkar set aside the acquittals of a few Gujarat police officials and two government hospital doctors, as the CBI accused them of tampering with evidence and Bilkis’s statement

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High Court Stays AP Govt’s Land Acquisition Order

Hyderabad High Court has stayed the AP Government order acquiring land at Penumaka village near Vijayawada against the will of the people.

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government is facing a lot of problems in acquiring lands for the capital of the State. Though the Naidu’s government acquired thousands of acres of the land already, it proposed to obtain land from the surrounding villages. As the villagers of Penumaka village of Tadepalli mandal refused to part with their land, the government issued a notification to pool 660.831 acres of land.

The farmers, who were opposed to it, filed a petition in the High Court. After the trial, the High Court issued orders by staying the Penumaka Land Acquisition Notification. Directing the government to progress only after resolving issued by farmers, it directed that status quo should be maintained till then.

Meanwhile, the farmers of Penumaka, though happy over the verdict, are alleging that the State government is using brutal force as they were against notification. No doubt that the fresh decision of High Court would make it difficult for the Government to acquire the land further.

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Online Petition Against AP CM To SC CJ, Request For Prosecution

Hyderabad: Its not at all working well for AP CM Chandrababu Naidu these days. After SC issued notice in Vote for Note case, now an online signatures agitation was started by an IT, Thirumal Prasad Patil in change.org website.

The petitioner requested Supreme Court that an impartial investigation should go on in this case and culprits should face the law of the land.

He further added that Telangana ACB mentioned Chandra babu Naidu’s name several times in its charge sheet which suspects CM’s involvement in the case.

It has become unexceptional in our society that rich and powerful sections are easily escaping from the clutches of law which doesn’t look good for our democracy, he stated in his letter.AP CM Chandrababu Nadu was accused in many cases, but courts had given stay without going for further investigation,Patil said.

Patil received more than 4500 signatures supporting this petition within 24 hours. This online petition was addressed to the Chief Justice of SC High Court Judge Jagdish Singh Khehar and to other judges

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    Prosecution to be taken up by SC

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Photos Not Released Respecting Jaya’s Wish: Apollo Doctors

Chennai: Apollo Hospital doctors informed High Court about the conditions prevailing at the hospital that prevented them from releasing J Jayalalithaa’s photos when she was admitted in hospital.

The management of Apollo Hospital, where Amma had her last breathe, Was questioned about the treatment she had in last days of her life. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Joseph seeking appointment of an enquiry commission to probe into the death of Jayalalitha.

Responding to the PIL, Apollo Hospitals management came forward with a statement that all information was released as per Jayalalitha’s wish while keeping in mind the interest of public order.

London based physician Dr. Richard Beale condemned baseless allegations on the so called conspiracy behind her death. She had severe infection and was on  supportive care, but no conspiracy, Dr Richard said. Jayalalitha had her last breathe on Dec 5th after being treated for nearly 70 days in Apollo Hospitals here.

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Coastal districts go TN way defying courts on Pongal festivities

  • Cock fights in AP, as TN stays firm on Jallikattu

Amaravati: Even as the court refused to give permission for the traditional cock-fights in Andhra Pradesh and Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, people of the two States are firm on continuing their traditional form of celebrating Pongal.

The coastal districts, particularly Krishna, Guntur and the two Godavari districts have already started organising cock fights in the remotest areas. It is for these three-days that hundreds of people nurture the roosters all through the year, while thousands wait to watch the colourful fight. People feel that the festival loses its sheen if the cock fights are not organized. After all, the fights have been part of the culture for centuries.

Bhimavaram, Undi, Tanuku and Denduluru in Godavari districts, Nuzvid, Vissannapet and Tiruvur in Krishna district are very popular for the rooster fights during Sankranti. The three days of the festival mark thousands of people watching the fights organised away from the villages.

Round-the-clock gambling, liquor, food and prostitution are associated with the cock fights. Gambling sees betting running into a few lakhs of rupees all through the three days with punters betting on 13 cards, 3 cards and inside-outside blind game. This runs even in the night under the specially arranged lighting. The liquor merchants have special stalls which are auctioned by the organisers and they are open 24 hours. Even prostitutes are made available in the vicinity for the three days.

While the courts and the police raise objections to organising the traditional cock fights, there is not much opposition for the gambling, liquor and prostitution organised along with the fights. Mango gardens, which are more in number and each extended to 25 acres to 100 acres turn into the venues for the cock fights and other activities during the thre- day merrymaking. The cab owners and auto drivers would have field day during these days taking people to the venue and bringing them back.

The roosters, which are nurtured for Pongal are priced highly during the period, particularly at the venues. The price of each rooster, depending on its colour and variety, ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh during the three days. Some of them are fed with cashews and dates everyday all through the year, while a few of them are given liquor and non-vegetarian food, including prawns to be strong and withstand a few cuts of the knife during the fight.

The police are the greater beneficiaries of these fights as the organisers pay huge amount to turn a blind eye to the events organised in their areas. The organisers, who collect money from the stall holders of gambling, liquor, food, parking and prostitution, besides the rooster owners, pay to the police and the local leaders to ensure that the event goes without disturbance.

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Uttam asks KCR to drop new Secretariat plan

  • In an open letter, he says it’s waste of public money

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday wrote an open letter to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asking him to drop the plans to shift the State Secretariat.

“Shifting of Telangana Secretariat is an unwise and irrational decision. The decision to demolish the present Secretariat  and construct a new complex at a huge cost of hundreds of crores of rupees is not a judicious decision and is a mere waste of precious taxpayers’ money,” the TPCC chief said in his letter to the Chief Minister.

He pointed out that H-Block (South and North Blocks) was constructed as recently as 2008 and is in a very new condition. This has new and spacious office accommodation. The D-Block was constructed in 2003, A-Block in 1998, J-Block in 1990, L-Block in 1981, C & B blocks in 1978 and K-Block in 1975. The only really old block in the Secretariat is the G-Block, he said.

The TPCC chief said it was really unfortunate that the Chief Minister has cited “vaasthu defects” as the reason for demolishing a fully functional Secretariat with all buildings having many decades of life left and planning plush buildings at a cost of Rs 350 crores. “In this age and time, spending hundreds of crores of rupees of precious public money because of vaasthu reasons is not justified,” he said.

Further, he said, that it was astonishing that the Advocate General has submitted to the High Court that the present Secretariat complex does not meet fire safety regulations. “Is it possible that you as the Chief Minister and your minister colleagues were operating in the present Secretariat without fire safety regulations being met? Is it also possible that the CM of AP, Chandrababu Naidu, who has Z category security was operating from the present Secretariat complex till a couple of weeks back from buildings without fire safety regulations? Is it possible that former CMs Kiran Kumar Reddy, K Rosaiah, Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Chandrababu  Naidu, N T Rama Rao and all their minister colleagues were operating from buildings without fire safety regulations?” asked Uttam Kumar Reddy.

He said that the State Government’s stand in the High Court has raised many suspicions among the people of Telangana.

The Congress leader said that with the shifting of AP Secretariat to Vijayawada and vacation of the buildings in the Secretariat complex, there was  more than enough space now to accommodate all departments outside the Secretariat to be brought into the present complex. Thereby all departments and sections of the Telangana Government can be brought into a single complex without spending a single rupee.

“It is sad and ironic that your government does not release overdue amounts for farmers’ loan waiver scheme or students’ fee reimbursement scheme, but indulges in such wasteful and unnecessary spending. As the first Chief Minister of Telangana State, we expect that you will conduct all matters like a statesman. The voice of the opposition parties, members of civil society, NGOs and the lay public must be heard by you and the move for a new Secretariat building dropped forthwith,” the TPCC chief said.

–NSS

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ఆర్కే పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో ఉన్నట్టు సాక్ష్యం ఉందా?

  • హెబియస్ కార్పస్ పిటిషన్ విచారణలో పద్మక్కను అడిగిన హై కోర్టు
  • సాక్ష్యం చూపడానికి పది రోజుల వ్యవధి కోరిన పిటిషనర్

హైదరాబాద్: మావోయిస్టు అగ్రనేత రామకృష్ణ ఎలియాస్ ఆర్కే భార్య పద్మక్క దాఖలు చేసిన హెబియస్ కార్పస్ పిటిషన్ పై విచారణను హై కోర్టు మరో పది రోజులకు వాయిదా వేసింది. ఈ మేరకు పిటిషనరే కోర్టును అర్థించారు. తన భర్త పోలీసుల కస్టడీలో ఉన్నారనీ, ఆయన ప్రాణాలకు భద్రత కల్పించాలనీ, కోర్టులో హాజరు పరచడానికి ఆదేశించాలనీ ఆమె కోరిన సంగతి తెలిసినదే. అక్టోబర్ 24 వ తేదీన ఒడిశా లోని మల్కాన్ గిరి జిల్లాలో జరిగిన ‘ఎన్ కౌంటర్’ తర్వాత ఆర్కే ఆచూకీ తెలియని సంగతీ తెలిసినదే. ఈ రోజు విచారణ చేపట్టిన జస్టిస్ సివి నాగార్జున రెడ్డి, జస్టిస్ ఎం ఎస్ కె జైస్వాల్ లతో కూడిన ధర్మాసనం, మీ భర్త పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో ఉన్నట్టు సాక్ష్యం చూపించగలరా అని పిటిషనర్ ను ప్రశ్నించింది. దాంతో ఆర్కే పోలీస్ కస్టడీలోనే ఉన్నట్టు సాక్ష్యం చూపడానికి పిటీషనర్ పది రోజుల వ్యవధి కోరారు.

అంతకుముందు విశాఖపట్నం రూరల్ ఎస్పీ రాహుల్ దేవ్ వర్మ అఫిడవిట్ దాఖలు చేస్తూ ఆర్కే పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో లేరని చెప్పారు. అప్పుడు ఆర్కే పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో ఉన్నట్టు సాక్ష్యం చూపగలరా అని న్యాయమూర్తులు పిటిషనర్ ను అడిగారు. తాము మరో మావోయిస్టు నేత చలపతి ఆచూకీ గురించి అడగడం లేదనీ, ఆయన పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో లేరని మాకు తెలుసునని ప్రముఖ విప్లవ కవి వరవరరావు అన్నారు. ఉదయ్ అనే మరో మావోయిస్టు నేత క్షేమం పట్ల కూడా సందేహాలు ఉన్నప్పటికీ పిటిషనర్ ఆయన పేరు ప్రస్తావించలేదు. ఆర్కే పోలీస్ కస్టడీలో ఉన్నట్టు సమాచారం ఉండడంవల్లనే ఆయన గురించి పిటిషనర్ ప్రత్యేకంగా కోర్టును అర్థించినట్టు తెలుస్తోంది. అక్టోబర్ 24 ‘ఎన్ కౌంటర్’లో పద్మక్క తన కుమారుడు మున్నా ఎలియాస్ పృథ్వీని కోల్పోయారు.

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HC admits PIL against Secretariat building demolition

  • TS directed not to raze till next hearing

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court has directed the Telangana State Government not to demolish the Secretariat building complex till the next hearing.

Taking up hearing on a PIL filed by Congress Legislature Party deputy leader T Jeevan Reddy, who alleged that the public exchequer would be deprived of many crores of rupees if the state government demolished the present Secretariat building complex, the High Court admitted the PIL for hearing. The court also made it clear that it could order an inquiry into demolition of Secretariat building but it would not interfere with the shifting of the Secretariat from the existing one. The court directed the State Government to file a counter with full details.

State Advocate General Ramakrishna Reddy submitted to the court that the demolition of the Secretariat building and shifting of the Secretariat were part and parcel of the government’s policy decision. Ramakrishna Reddy informed the court that the State Government will file a counter with all details. The court adjourned the case for two weeks.

-NSS

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RK’s Wife Files Habeas corpus

  • Case adjourned to Thursday

Visakhapatnam: Top Maoist Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna (RK)’s wife Sirisha alias Padma had filed a habeas petition in Hyderabad High Court on Monday asking the state to produced her husband. She claimed that her husband is in police custody and his life is in danger. She prayed the court to protect her husband. The HC has asked AP government to file a counter with all the details including the whereabouts of RK. The judge said the court is considering the issue very seriously. The court has expressed the view that the police should know the facts.

The cousel who appeared on behalf of the petitioner said the judge has criticized the Attorney General for talking about the jurisdiction.  The judge said there is no jurisdiction as far as human rights are concerned. Whether one is a Maoist or an ordinary citizen, he is a human being. Kalyan Rao, Revolutionary writer, said the people’s organizations have been demanding that RK and his followers have to produced in the court.

Ramakrishna was the top leader who organized the plenary of the CPI(ML) at the cut off area in Malkangiri district in Odisha. His son Munna (25) was among more than 30 persons killed when AP Greyhounds  and Odisha’s Special Operation Group mounted a joint operation in the early hours of last Monday, 24 October 2016. RK was reported to have escaped with another leader Uday alias Ganesh.  Munna’s body was taken away to his native place in Prakasham district by his mother, Padma. It was reported later that RK and Uday were caught by the police and were taken away to an undisclosed destination by helicopter.

In the wake of rumours that RK might have been killed in the same operation on Monday morning, his wife had filed the petition. Andhra Pradesh DGP had repeatedly announced that RK is not there in police custody. This was confirmed by Visakhaptnam rural SP Rahul Dev Varma also.

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Undavalli moves HC in ‘Vote for Note’ case

Hyderabad: Former Congress MP Undavalli Arun Kumar has filed a petition in High Court requesting to implead him in ‘Vote for Note’ case involving Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. 

Undavalli appealed that though Chandrababu’s name was mentioned a number of times in the case, his name was not included in the case as an accused, nor was he examined as a witness so far.

He said that it was not correct and everyone should be treated the same way as per law. He requested the court to give him an audience to hear his argument.

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HC admits plea against building new Secretariat

Hyderabad: Though the TRS Government got the decks cleared for securing the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Secretariat buildings for taking up construction of a new Telangana Secretariat complex, it faced a legal hurdle with High Court admitting a petition filed by Congress senior leader T Jeevan Reddy and Jagitial Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, on Thursday. 

The Congress leaders, in their petition, have appealed against the proposal to demolish the existing Secretariat buildings and construct a new complex. The buildings being proposed for demolition include the ones recently constructed spending crores of public money.

The Congress leaders urged the High Court to investigate and give its judgment to prevent such wastage of public money. The court, after admitting the plea, adjourned it for tomorrow (Friday).

Congress has been criticizing the move to construct a new Secretariat complex  stating that the Chief Minister is taking such unnecessary decisions saying it is non-compliant with ‘Vastu.’

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‘Vote-for-Note’ case still haunts AP CM

  • Telangana ACB files counter-affidavit in HC

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) told Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday that the ‘note-for-vote’ case is under investigation and it has not been closed. It is carrying out a thorough probe to unearth the role played by the accused, the ACB said.

Malla Reddy, ACB’s investigating officer, has filed a counter-affidavit over the petition by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu seeking to squash the orders of the ACB court against him based on the private complaint filed by Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, YSRCP MLA, representing  Mangalagiri constituency  in Guntur district. The respondent/complainant Ramakrishna Reddy also filed counter to squash Naidu’s petition.

The High Court while staying the ACB order on September 2, directed the Telangana government and Mangalagiri MLA to file counter-affidavits in the matter. Earlier, the ACB court had directed the investigating agency to probe the role of Naidu in the scam.

Ramakrishna Reddy, aggrieved with the stay order issued by the HC, approached the Supreme Court praying for vacation of the stay. The SC, on hearing the plea, ordered that the HC has to decide on the case within four weeks from October 21.  The matter came up for hearing before Justice T Sunil Chowdary on Wednesday when the counsel representing Naidu requested the judge to grant some more time to respond to the counters filed by the respondents, who in this case are the MLA and the representative of the ABC. The judge posted the matter to October 27.

Alla Krishna Reddy, in his counter-affidavit, submitted that he has locus standee to lodge a complaint against Naidu in the case of ‘vote-for-note’ case.  He reminded the HC the orders of the SC in the case of Dr Subramanyam Swamy Vs Dr Manmohan Singh that any person of this country has a right to inform the courts about any criminal activities indulged by any one and anywhere. 

The MLA argued that the petitioner, in fact, has no right to file a squash petition in the HC.  He added that even the apex court observed that the accused cannot file a squash petition when the case is under investigation under the Prevention of Corruption Act.  He also contended that under any circumstances stay cannot be granted in cases when Prevention of Corruption Act is deemed to have been violated and  a person is accused of  abetting someone to receive bribes.

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మన సంస్థలు గాడిదలు, సింగపూర్‌వి గుర్రాలట!

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అమరావతి స్టార్టప్‌ క్యాపిటల్‌ నిర్మాణానికి స్విస్‌ చాలెంజి పద్ధతిని సవాలు చేసిన కేసులో రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వం తరపున అడ్వకేట్‌ జనరల్‌ దమ్మాలపాటి శ్రీనివాస్‌ విపరీత వ్యాఖ్యలు చేశారు. భారతీయ నిర్మాణ సంస్థలను గాడిదలతో పోలుస్తున్నట్టుగా ‘మాకు పరుగెత్తే గుర్రాలే కావాలి, గాడిదలు వద్దు ‘ అని నోరు పారేసుకున్నారు. గతంలో సింగిల్‌ జడ్జి ఎస్‌.రామచంద్రరావు ఇచ్చిన స్టే ఉత్తర్వులపై ప్రభుత్వం సుప్రీం కోర్టుకు వెళ్లగా మళ్లీ హైకోర్టులోనే తేల్చుకోమని వారు వెనక్కు పంపిన సంగతి తెలిసిందే. ఇప్పుడు తాత్కాలిక ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి రమేష్‌ రంగనాథన్‌, యు.దుర్గాప్రసాదరావులతో కూడిన ద్విసభ్య బెంచి విచారణ జరుపుతున్నది. ఎజిశ్రీనివాస్‌ పై విధంగా అనగానే దుర్గాప్రసాదరావు గాడిదలే బాగా పనిచేస్తాయి, పైగా కష్టపడిపనిచేస్తాయి, బరువులు మోస్తాయి అని నవ్వుతూ చురక వేశారు. అయినా సరే గుర్రాలే కావాలి గాని గాడిదలు వద్దని ఎజి మళ్లీ అన్నారు. గతంలో ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబు నాయుడు మన వాళ్లు కట్టేవి మురికివాడల్లా వుంటాయని అన్నారు. ఇప్పుడు ఆయన ప్రభుత్వ ఎజి మరో అడుగు ముందుకేసి గాడిదలతో పోల్చారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా ప్రభుత్వం తన వాదనలో చిత్రమైనమార్పు చేసింది. రాజధాని భవనాల నిర్మాణం, అభివృద్ధి మాత్రమే గాక ఉద్యోగాల కల్పన, కమర్షియల్‌ స్పేస్‌ మార్కెటింగ్‌ ముఖ్యమని వాదించింది. ఈ పనిచేయాలంటే విదేశీ కంపెనీలే కావాలి గాని మన వాళ్లు చేయలేరని ఎజి అభిప్రాయం వెలిబుచ్చారు. మరి హైదరాబాదులో ఐటి కంపెనీల విస్తరణకు దేశీయ సంస్థలే కారణం కదా అని కోర్టు వ్యాఖ్యానించింది.

అయితే ఇందుకోసం కాంట్రాక్టరు ఎంపికకు సంబంధించిన టెండరు నిబంధనల్లో ఉపాధి కల్పన అన్నఅంశమే లేదని అదిత్య తరపు న్యాయవాది డి.ప్రకాశ్‌రెడ్డి స్పష్టం చేశారు. విదేశీపెట్లుబడులను ఆకర్షించడంలో సింగపూర్‌ కన్సార్టియం విఫలమైతే ఎలాటి అపరాధ చర్యలుంటాయో కూడా లేదని ఆయన పేర్కొన్నారు. టెండరు నిబంధనల్లో ఆదాయం ప్రధానంగా పొందుపర్చి ఇక్కడ ఉపాధి కల్పన ముఖ్యమని మాట మారుస్తున్నారని కూడా ప్రకాశ్‌రెడ్డి వివరించారు. సింగపూర్‌ కన్సార్టియంకు ఎంత వాటా ఇస్తున్నారో బయిటపెట్టకుండా అంతకంటే ఎక్కువ ఇచ్చేవారినే పోటికి అనుమతిస్తామని చెప్పడం ఏ విధంగా స్విస్‌ చాలెంజి అవుతుందని ఆయన ప్రశ్నించారు. దానికి సంబంధించి లేఖ రాసినా క్రిడా అధికారులు తిరస్కరించారని గుర్తు చేశారు. వాస్తవానికి విదేశీ కంపెనీకి ఈ కాంట్రాక్టు అప్పగించడం చట్టం ముందు నిలవదనీ, దేశీయ సంస్థలకు అవకాశం లేకుండా వుండేట్టుగా నిబంధనలు రూపొందించారని ఆయన విమర్శించారు.

కేసు విచారణ సోమవారం కూడా కొనసాగుతుంది గనక మరిన్ని వింత వాదనలు వినే అవకాశముంది.

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Decide in 4 Weeks: SC tells HC

  • Note for vote case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Hyderabad High Court to decide on the petition filed by AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu within four weeks. The apex court had instructed the petitioner Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, YSRCP MLA from Mangalagiri, to come back to the court if a decision is not taken by the HC in stipulated time. The SC told the petitioner that it cannot interfere in the case at this stage.

Earlier, ACB court had asked the ACB, Telangana, to file a charge sheet against Naidu by end of this month. This is regarding note for vote case.

Naidu appealed to the HC against the orders of ACB court. The HC had granted a stay of eight weeks on the orders of the ACB court. Alla approached the SC challenging the stay granted by the HC. Noted Advocate Luthra had argued on behalf of Naidu that there cannot be two FIRs on the same issue according to CrPC 256 and 210.

The SC bench questioned the stay on the basis of Section 19 of the Anti- Corruption Act. Luthra pleaded that since the HC had given a stay for eight weeks the apex court could allow the HC to deal with the matter. The SC agreed with the suggestion.

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Swiss Challenge Stayed

  • HC Asks AP To File Counter
  • Hearing Again October 31

Hyderabad:  The joint High Court of AP and TS has on Monday ordered a stay on the Swiss Challenge method being adopted by Andhra Pradesh government to develop Amaravati as new capital city. A construction company had filed a petition questioning the secrecy in the process of selecting the bidder. The petitioner prayed for orders making it mandatory for the government to make the details of the first bid public in true spirit of Swiss Challenge method. The court asked the AP government to file a counter. The hearing would resume on October 31.

The method of selecting the bidder has become controversial when the bid submitted by Singapore consortium was kept in sealed cover. The very concept of Swiss Challenge is open competition. The first bid has to be publicised widely  and other bidders have to be given fair chance to compete. The judge has questioned the secrecy during the course of hearing.

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